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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Language: Old English
Origin: hoc

hook

1 noun
     
hook1 S3 [countable]
1

hanging things

D a curved piece of metal or plastic that you use for hanging things on [↪ peg]:
Tom hung his coat on the hook behind the door.
hook
2

catching fish

DSOTA a curved piece of thin metal with a sharp point for catching fish
3

let/get somebody off the hook

to allow someone or help someone to get out of a difficult situation:
I wasn't prepared to let her off the hook that easily.
4

leave/take the phone off the hook

to leave or take the telephone receiver (=the part you speak into) off the part where it is usually placed so that no one can call you
5

be ringing off the hook

American English if your telephone is ringing off the hook, a lot of people are calling you
6

interest

something that is attractive and gets people's interest and attention [= draw]:
You always need a bit of a hook to get people to go to the theatre.
7

by hook or by crook

if you are going to do something by hook or by crook, you are determined to do it, whatever methods you have to use:
The police are going to get these guys, by hook or by crook.
8

hitting somebody

DSO a way of hitting your opponent in boxing, in which your elbow is bent [↪ punch, jab]
9

hook, line, and sinker

if someone believes something hook, line, and sinker, they believe a lie completely
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