WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hook1 /hʊk/USA pronunciation
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.
something that attracts attention:Their sales hook was the promise of easy payments.
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.
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.
- a ball moving in such a path.
- to connect to a power source: [~ + up + object]I hooked up the computer.[~ + object + up]I hooked the computer up.
Idiomsby hook or (by) crook, by any means whatsoever:By hook or by crook he'll be there.
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
- a piece of material, usually metal, curved or bent and used to suspend, catch, hold, or pull something
- short for fish-hook
- a trap or snare
- chiefly US something that attracts or is intended to be an attraction
- something resembling a hook in design or use
- a sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river
- a sharply curved spit of land
- a short swinging blow delivered from the side with the elbow bent
- a shot in which the ball is hit square on the leg side with the bat held horizontally
- a shot that causes the ball to swerve sharply from right to left
- the top of a breaking wave
- Also called: hookcheck the act of hooking an opposing player
- a stroke added to the stem of a written or printed note to indicate time values shorter than a crotchet
- another name for a sickle
- a nautical word for anchor
- by hook or crook, by hook or by crook ⇒ by any means
- hook, line, and sinker ⇒ informal completely: he fell for it hook, line, and sinker
- off the hook ⇒ slang out of danger; free from obligation or guilt
- sling one's hook ⇒ Brit slang to leave
Etymology: Old English hōc; related to Middle Dutch hōk, Old Norse haki
- (often followed by up) to fasten or be fastened with or as if with a hook or hooks
- (transitive) to catch (something, such as a fish) on a hook
- to curve like or into the shape of a hook
- (transitive) to make (a rug) by hooking yarn through a stiff fabric backing with a special instrument
- to hit (an opponent) with a hook
- to play (a ball) with a hook
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