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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOOK

As we came into the Hook, we were hailed by a gun-boat, and heard of the "Little Embargo."

He had been lightly hooked on the angle of the right jaw, and the hook had not wearied him.

Mrs. Wilson put down her hook again, and leaned back in her chair.

Seizing a match-box, he struck a light and held it to the hook.

I am an outlaw, and get my living by hook and by crook in a manner it boots not now to tell of.

Cornish seized him by the arm, and held him while he hook like a leaf and swayed heavily.

Are you going to land them at the Hook or take them on to Rotterdam, sir?

He was busily baiting the hook; now he extended the pole to her.

I'd like to try spying, on my own hook, once, like Dick does.

I would even have been willing to try and bait (shudders) his hook.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hoc "hook, angle," perhaps related to Old English haca "bolt," from Proto-Germanic *hokaz/*hakan- (cf. Old Frisian hok, Middle Dutch hoek, Dutch haak, German Haken "hook"), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth" (cf. Russian kogot "claw"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).

Boxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 1898. Figurative sense was in Middle English (see hooker). By hook or by crook (late 14c.) probably alludes to tools of professional thieves. Hook, line, and sinker "completely" is 1838, a metaphor from angling.

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