WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hook1 /hʊk/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. a curved or angled piece of metal or other hard substance for catching, pulling, or suspending something:I hung my coat up on the hook.
  2. a fishhook.
  3. something that attracts attention:Their sales hook was the promise of easy payments.
  4. something having a sharp curve, bend, or angle at one end:a hook in the road.
    • the path of a ball, as in baseball, that curves in a direction opposite to the throwing hand or to the side of the ball from which it was struck.
    • a ball moving in such a path.
  5. Sport(in boxing) a short circular punch delivered with the elbow bent:a left hook to the jaw.

  • to seize, fasten, or catch hold of with or as if with a hook: [+ object]She hooked her arm through mine.[no object]The buttons hook easily to their fastenings.
  • Sport[+ object] to catch (fish) with a fishhook:I had hooked a huge trout.
  • Slang Terms[+ object][Slang.]to steal or seize secretly:hooked a few watches before the manager returned.
  • Sportto hit or throw (a ball) so that a hook results: [no object]The next pitch hooked over the plate for a strike.[+ object]The pitcher hooked the next pitch outside.
  • [no object] to curve or bend like a hook:The road hooked to the left and then sharply to the right.
  • hook up: 
    • to connect to a power source: [+ up + object]I hooked up the computer.[+ object + up]I hooked the computer up.
    1. Idiomsby hook or (by) crook, by any means whatsoever:By hook or by crook he'll be there.
    2. Idioms, Informal Termshook, line, and sinker, [Informal.]entirely; completely:believed the story hook, line, and sinker.
    off the hook: 
    • released from some difficulty, problem, or obligation:You're off the hook: if things go wrong, you won't be blamed.
    • (of a telephone receiver) not resting on the cradle.

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    hook /hʊk/ n
    1. a piece of material, usually metal, curved or bent and used to suspend, catch, hold, or pull something
    2. short for fish-hook
    3. a trap or snare
    4. chiefly US something that attracts or is intended to be an attraction
    5. something resembling a hook in design or use
    6. a sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river
    7. a sharply curved spit of land
    8. a short swinging blow delivered from the side with the elbow bent
    9. a shot in which the ball is hit square on the leg side with the bat held horizontally
    10. a shot that causes the ball to swerve sharply from right to left
    11. the top of a breaking wave
    12. Also called: hookcheck the act of hooking an opposing player
    13. a stroke added to the stem of a written or printed note to indicate time values shorter than a crotchet
    14. another name for a sickle
    15. a nautical word for anchor
    16. by hook or crook, by hook or by crookby any means
    17. hook, line, and sinkerinformal completely: he fell for it hook, line, and sinker
    18. off the hookslang out of danger; free from obligation or guilt
    19. sling one's hookBrit slang to leave
    1. (often followed by up) to fasten or be fastened with or as if with a hook or hooks
    2. (transitive) to catch (something, such as a fish) on a hook
    3. to curve like or into the shape of a hook
    4. (transitive) to make (a rug) by hooking yarn through a stiff fabric backing with a special instrument
    5. to hit (an opponent) with a hook
    6. to play (a ball) with a hook
    Etymology: Old English hōc; related to Middle Dutch hōk, Old Norse haki

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