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1crook/ˈkrʊk/noun
pluralcrooks
1crook
/ˈkrʊk/
noun
pluralcrooks
Learner's definition of CROOK  
[count]
informal 
: a dishonest person
   b : a criminal
: the place where part of the body (such as an arm, leg, or finger) bends
   b : 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
2crook/ˈkrʊk/verb
crookscrookedcrooking
2crook
/ˈkrʊk/
verb
crookscrookedcrooking
Learner's definition of CROOK  
[+ object]
: to bend (your finger, neck, or arm)
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