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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
vb
  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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