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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)


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  • It was somewhat mode, when I was a young'un, for someone to go to the last page of your autograph book / yearbook and write'by hook or by crook I'll be last in your book' and sign there.

    June 9, 2015

  • this phrase was commonly heard on the 60's/70's tv show 'The Prisoner'.

    June 8, 2015

  • 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