- 1A piece of metal or other material, curved or bent back at an angle, for catching hold of or hanging things on: a picture hookMore example sentences
- My grandpa had the most impressive collection of picture hooks and picture hanging implements that I have ever seen.
- Earlier in the trial, a fire investigation officer told the court the fire spread rapidly through the flat as it took hold of clothing hanging on hooks behind a door where it started.
- There was a wonderful ice-cold larder with big hooks for hanging game.
- 1.1 (also fishhook) A bent piece of metal, typically barbed and baited, for catching fish.More example sentences
- The 46-year old captain was stabbed several times in the chest and head with a fish hook, the Star said.
- A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat, a 4x4 truck and a tent?
- He took out a vicious-looking fish hook from behind his back.
- 2A thing designed to catch people’s attention: companies are looking for a sales hookMore example sentences
- A good trailer is a hook, designed to leave you irresistibly compelled to come back one more time.
- They only added that feature a few months ago, and have suddenly decided that's their hook to get attention.
- The hook that caught him was the girl's attitude.
- 2.1A chorus or repeated instrumental passage in a piece of popular music that gives it immediate appeal and makes it easy to remember.More example sentences
- The foot-tapping Hamoa Beach, meanwhile, is simply a great listen, featuring some more tremendous hooks and another catchy chorus.
- He certainly is an amazing pop songwriter, dropping catchy hooks and tasteful riffs left and right.
- The label immediately seized upon their talent for blending edgy, high-pitched vocals with catchy guitar hooks, as epitomised by Float On.
- 3A curved cutting instrument, especially as used for reaping or shearing.More example sentences
- He arranged two lines of men with flails, clubs, pitchforks, sickles, and reaping hooks.
- In summer for the wheat harvest, everybody was given a reaping hook to work in the fields.
- The gang attacked him in the doorway of the hotel where he was working, armed with slash hooks and hammers after hearing his English accent.
- 4A short swinging punch made with the elbow bent, especially in boxing: a perfectly timed right hook to the chinMore example sentences
- By the end of the round Ellis is pinned against the ropes and Frazier is landing body shots and short hooks to the head.
- He had a good long hard jab, his left hook and left uppercut were devastating punches.
- Mike's favorite punch is the right hook and my favorite punch is his left hook, so we disagree in what his best shot is.
- 4.1 Golf A stroke that makes the ball deviate in flight in the direction of the follow-through (from right to left for a right-handed player), typically inadvertently. Compare with slice.More example sentences
- Nobody has trouble putting sidespin on the ball - that's what produces hooks and slices.
- The wind heightens any spin on the ball, and accentuates a slice or a hook.
- Too often players subconsciously misalign their shoulders to compensate for their usual hook or slice.
- 5A curved stroke in handwriting, especially as made in learning to write.More example sentences
- Kurtz notes, ‘The small hooks at the end of the "t" and the "i" indicate a writer who is tenacious, holds on to beliefs, doctrines, ideals.’
- Place the pen on the paper, pull up then straight down, then make a small hook.
- 5.1 Music An added stroke transverse to the stem in the symbol for an eighth note or other note.More example sentences
- Any note shorter than a quarter note has one or more hooks to indicate its length.
- 6 [usually in place names] A curved promontory or sand spit.More example sentences
- The United States owned the entire promontory of Sandy Hook.
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- 1 [with object] Attach or fasten with a hook or hooks: the truck had a red lamp hooked to its tailgate she tried to hook up her bra [no object]: a ladder that hooks over the roof ridgeMore example sentences
- She had just finished hooking the last clasp when Loretta turned to her holding up a delicate silver chain and smiling triumphantly.
- Michelle carefully hooked the clasp and turned Dylan to face her.
- He fires a grappling hook that hooks itself onto the balustrade of the rooftop garden.
- 1.1Bend or be bent into the shape of a hook so as to fasten around or to an object: [with object]: he hooked his thumbs in his belt [no object]: her legs hooked around mine
- 2 [with object] Catch with a hook: he hooked a 24-lb pikeMore example sentences
- Proud of a nice catch, Myrtle McDonald hooked this fish in the Chapman River.
- I went for another half an hour before hooking my third rainbow making me the only angler to land three fish.
- Beware though: hooking the prize catch is one thing, securing it in your keepnet another.
- 2.1 • informal Captivate: I was hooked by John’s radical zealMore example sentences
- If they can capture our attention now, they have hooked us for future years and we are far more likely to buy from their site advertisers.
- One inconsequential little jamless doughnut sets in chain a ripple of growing anger that hooks the attention of our entire nation.
- What was it about that cheetah that hooked his attention so?
- 3 [with object] Golf Strike (the ball) or play (a stroke) so that the ball deviates in the direction of the follow-through, typically inadvertently.More example sentences
- To draw or hook a golf ball, you must have fast hands.
- He shouldn't overdo it, though: The flatter the backswing, the easier it is to hook the ball.
- If you're slicing or hooking the ball, the divot hole can point the way to a cure.
- 3.1 [no object] Boxing Punch one’s opponent with the elbow bent.More example sentences
- From round 3 on, it was all Shields as he would hook, and uppercut his way to victory.
- 4 [with object] Rugby Push (the ball) backward with the foot from the front line in a scrum.More example sentences
- This is done by hooking the ball with the soft swinging motion of one of the feet as the teams 8-man scrum pack pushes forward to give the hooker more room to hook the ball.
- At this point, the hookers both attempt to hook the ball back to their teammates.
- You can only hook the ball back with your feet.
by hook or by crook
- By any possible means: the government intends, by hook or by crook, to hold on to the landMore example sentences
- Sometimes, it takes years and years to finally get it done, but by never backing down, by never giving up, they get these films to the screen by hook or by crook.
- A driving-school trainer said that people want a licence by hook or by crook, without mastering the basics of driving a vehicle.
- Reality has to be kept at a distance by hook or by crook.
get one's hooks into
- • informal Get hold of: they were going to move out rather than let Mel get his hooks into themMore example sentences
- It is something that you can get your hooks into.
- The implication is that a woman's sole goal in life is to ‘get her hooks into’ a man.
- The only regret is not having got my hooks into this fascinating collection sooner, considering it was first published in 1995.
get (or give someone) the hook
- North American • informal Be dismissed (or dismiss someone) from a job.More example sentences
- The crowd loved it, but the soundman gave us the hook after only 15 minutes.
- She was the cause of all my boyfriends giving me the hook because after they saw her, they could never be fully in love with me.
- The PM, all the while insisting the minister hadn't done anything wrong, gave him the hook.
hook, line, and sinker
- Used to emphasize that someone has been completely deceived or tricked: he fell hook, line, and sinker for this year’s April Fool joke[with allusion to the taking of bait by a fish]More example sentences
- Mr Peters has fallen for that, hook, line, and sinker.
- What is a good deal more disturbing is that U.S. and international media outlets consistently swallowed the opposition's unlikely claims of certain victory hook, line, and sinker.
- I think that she fell prey to someone much more powerful and more cunning than she was and believed everything he said hook, line, and sinker, and she's a victim of crime, the way I see it.
off the hook
- 1 • informal No longer in difficulty or trouble: I lied to get him off the hookMore example sentences
- She let him off the hook since that also meant letting herself off the hook.
- Some criticise this as letting property owners off the hook.
- I don't think he's off the hook at all, because either he was misled or he deliberately lied.
- 2(Of a telephone receiver) not on its rest, and so preventing incoming calls.More example sentences
- She tosses her shoes at the telephone when it rings, hoping to knock the receiver off the hook.
- When the maid found her body, she noticed the telephone was off the hook.
- He took the telephone off the hook, placed cushions on the floor, locked the door, drew the blinds and asked her to lie down.
on the hook for
- North American • informal (In a financial context) responsible for: he’s on the hook for about $9.5 millionMore example sentences
- But it goes even further, because the financial institutions are only on the hook for reported thefts.
- The answer will determine whether his insurers are on the hook for $3.5 billion for one event, or $7 billion for two.
- And the school board is on the hook for more than $740,000 while the state investigates ‘serious allegations’ about a misallocation of money.
on one's own hook
- North American • informal , • dated On one’s own account; by oneself.More example sentences
- We might encapsulate these promises as ‘functionality’ and ‘freedom’ - the system will work for you if you work for it, and if you can get ahead on your own hook, God bless you.
- Older pickpockets, incapacitated for work on their own hook, instructed the younger charges, reducing the subject to a science.
- Count William of Nevers had in the meantime set out into Asia Minor on his own hook.
- 1 (also hook someone/something up) Link or be linked to electronic equipment: he was hooked up to an electrocardiographMore example sentences
- There is also a links page, which hooks you up to a number of rare book sites and other author sites.
- This is the process where your computer or server tries to make a network connection via internet protocol, a common way of hooking this equipment up.
- She warned us in a well rehearsed sinister tone that we should not be alarmed by the medical equipment Fay had been hooked up to.
- 2.1Engage in or form a casual sexual relationship: hooking up with total strangers can be very dangerousMore example sentences
- She was not about to help her creepy ex-boyfriend hook up with a girl two years too young for him.
- Whether in Venice or Hamburg, they have always hooked up - turning a mere journey into an " erotic pursuit ".
- I didn't feel guilty, or satisfied that I'd finally hooked up with my dream girl.
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- Otherwise all of us would be using hookless flies and not one angler in 10,000 does.
- The warm summer sun shone down on Abby as she cast her line into the bay, and settled into a gentle casting rhythm that drove fish wild to jump at her hookless fly.
- She was sober, and had quite forgotten the fish that were still occasionally tugging at her hookless fly.
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- Some of its long feathers had barbules and hooklets that bound together a feather's barbs and gave the feather greater strength, flexibility and surface area.
- Examine the amazing close-up of the barbules of a feather showing the tiny hooklets and grooves.
- The hooklets, which have been often mentioned, are quite elaborate, and they are in fact one of many kinds of projections.
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- He needed 19 stitches to the wound to his face, and had a deep cut to the back of the head which was caused by a screwdriver and a punctured muscle in his arm from a hook-like gardening tool.
- Clinging to his palm with hook-like feet was one of these bizarre little lizards, its eyes rotating independently.
- Hookworms are small parasitic worms, with hook-like appendages on their mouths, that feed off the wall of the small intestine and can cause severe damage.
Old English hōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoek 'corner, angle, projecting piece of land', also to German Haken 'hook'.