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George crook

[kroo k] /krʊk/

George, 1829–90, U.S. general in Indian wars.
a curved or hooked thing
a staff with a hooked end, such as a bishop’s crosier or shepherd’s staff
a turn or curve; bend
(informal) a dishonest person, esp a swindler or thief
the act or an instance of crooking or bending
Also called shank. a piece of tubing added to a brass instrument in order to obtain a lower harmonic series
to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
(Austral & NZ, informal)

(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook, go off crook, to lose one’s temper
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook at, go crook on, to rebuke or upbraid

early 13c., “hook-shaped instrument or weapon,” from Old Norse krokr “hook, corner,” cognate with Old High German kracho “hooked tool,” of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr- words meaning “bent, hooked.” Meaning “swindler” is American English, 1879, from crooked in figurative sense of “dishonest” (1708). Crook “dishonest trick” was in Middle English.


A habitual or professional criminal; a consistently dishonest person: The chief said, ”I’m not a crook” (1870s+)


To steal: He crooked my socks (1940s+)
In addition to the idioms beginning with crook crook one’s elbow


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