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Princeton's WordNet

  1. by hook or by crook, by any means(adverb)

    in any way necessary

    "I'll pass this course by hook or by crook"


  1. by hook or by crook(Adverb)

    By any means possible; one way or another.


  1. By hook or by crook

    "By hook or by crook" is an English phrase meaning "by any means necessary", suggesting that one need not be concerned with morality or other considerations when accomplishing some goal. The phrase is very old, first recorded in the Middle English text Controversial Tracts by John Wyclif in 1380. The origin of the phrase is obscure, with multiple different explanations and no evidence to support any particular one over the others. For example, a commonly repeated suggestion is that it comes from Hook Head in Wexford, Ireland and the nearby village of Crook, in Waterford, Ireland. Another is that it comes from the customs regulating which firewood local people could take from common land; they were allowed to take any branches that they could reach with a billhook or a shepherd's crook.

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  • auf Biegen und BrechenGerman
  • puukoin ja puntarein, keinolla millä hyvänsäFinnish
  • всеми правдами и неправдами, не мытьём, так катаньемRussian
  • ไม่ได้ด้วยเล่ห์ก็เอาด้วยกล ไม่ได้ด้วยมนต์ก็เอาด้วยคาถาThai

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