"hook or by crook" Definition

  1. by fair means or foul—in allusion to the hook with which footpads used to steal from open windows, &c., and from which HOOK, to take or steal, has been derived. Mentioned in _Hudibras_ as a cant term.

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Position in the dictionary: 1685 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: hook um snivey, hookey walker!, hooks, hop, hop merchant, hop o’ my thumb, hop the twig, hopping giles, hoppo, hornswoggle
Previous words in the dictionary: hook it, hook, honour bright, honey blobs, honest shilling, hondey, homo, holy land, holy joe, hollow

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