Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A winding or crooked line or course; a zigzag.
“Users of Wikipedia do get to recognise which parts are shaky, but the unwise may suddenly stumble into benighted stretches, like some crinkum-crankum byway in old London, where footpads lurked and communicable diseases were offered at low prices.”
“That crinkum-crankum tune, "Robin Adair," has run so in my head, and I succeeded so ill in my last attempt, that I have ventured, in this morning's walk, one essay more.”
“I thought at the time," said Mr. Branghton, "that three shillings was an exorbitant price for a place in the gallery: but as we'd been asked so much at the other doors, why I paid it without many words; but, then, to be sure, thinks I, it can never be like any other gallery, we shall see some crinkum-crankum or other for our money; but I find it's as arrant a take-in as ever I met with.”
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