crook of the arm meaning, crook of the arm definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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crook  

  ( crooks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( crooking    present participle)   ( crooked    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A crook is a dishonest person or a criminal.  
INFORMAL   The man is a crook and a liar...     
2       n-count   The crook of your arm or leg is the soft inside part where you bend your elbow or knee.  
usu sing, the N of n  
She hid her face in the crook of her arm.     
3       verb   If you crook your arm or finger, you bend it.  
He crooked his finger: `Come forward,' he said.      V n  
4       n-count   A crook is a long pole with a large hook at the end. A crook is carried by a bishop in religious ceremonies, or by a shepherd.  
...a shepherd's crook.     
5    If someone says they will do something by hook or by crook, they are determined to do it, even if they have to make a great effort or use dishonest means.  
by hook or by crook      phrase   PHR with cl, PHR with v  
They intend to get their way, by hook or by crook.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
nm.
crook, swindler
slag
exp.
be very expensive; cost a lot
n.
a ban or a partial prohibition on trade of weapons with a particular country, in order to isolate it

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