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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: krokr 'hook'

crook

1 noun
     
crook1 [countable]
1 informalSCC a dishonest person or a criminal:
The crooks got away across the park.
2TA a long stick with a curved end, used by people who look after sheep
3

the crook of your arm

HBH the part of your arm where it bends
WORD FOCUS: crime WORD FOCUS: crime
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

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