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by hook or by crook


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • By any means possible; one way or another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. in some way or other; by fair means or foul.
  • n. one way or other; by any means, direct or indirect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in any way necessary


Origin obscure; see By hook or by crook. (Wiktionary)


  • The plot of the book turns on the struggle waged by the peasants and petty bourgeois of Soulanges against a new but estimable landlord, General Montcornet, whose estate they are determined to have by hook or by crook in their own hands, not hesitating, at least some of them, to assassinate the honest agent who strives to protect his employer's property against their depredations.



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  • Whither are you going, my little darling? said he in a philandering tone of voice, unlike the natural hoarseness of his accents. Good worthy gentleman, answered she, I am going to Toledo, where I hope to gain an honest livelihood by hook or by crook.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 10

    October 10, 2008