crook

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1 crook /ˈkrʊk/ noun
plural crooks
1 crook
/ˈkrʊk/
noun
plural crooks
Learner's definition of CROOK
[count]
informal
: a dishonest person
: the place where part of the body (such as an arm, leg, or finger) bends
: a curved or hooked part of something
: a long stick with one end curved into a hook that is used by a shepherd

by hook or by crook

see 1hook
2 crook /ˈkrʊk/ verb
crooks; crooked; crooking
2 crook
/ˈkrʊk/
verb
crooks; crooked; crooking
Learner's definition of CROOK
[+ object]
: to bend (your finger, neck, or arm)
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