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Definition of crook noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crook

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    noun
    BrE BrE//krʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krʊk//
     
     
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  1. 1(informal) a dishonest person synonym criminal That salesman is a real crook. The film portrays a world of small-time crooks, petty crime and drinking clubs.
  2. 2crook of your arm/elbow the place where your arm bends at the elbow He was carrying a gun in the crook of his arm.
  3. 3a long stick with a hook at one end, used especially in the past by shepherds for catching sheep
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘hooked tool or weapon’): from Old Norse krókr ‘hook’. A noun sense ‘deceit, guile, trickery’ (compare with crooked) was recorded in Middle English but was obsolete by the 17th cent. The Australian senses are abbreviations of crooked.Idioms using any method you can, even a dishonest one
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