Language: Old English
Origin: hoc


1 noun
Related topics: Daily Life, Other Sports
hook1 S3 [countable]

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.

catching fish

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

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.

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

be ringing off the hook

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


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.

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.

hitting somebody

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

hook, line, and sinker

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

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