hook: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hook), [key]
- a curved or angular piece of metal or other hard substance for catching, pulling, holding, or suspending something.
- a fishhook.
- anything that catches; snare; trap.
- something that attracts attention or serves as an enticement: The product is good but we need a sales hook to get people to buy it.
- something having a sharp curve, bend, or angle at one end, as a mark or symbol.
- a sharp curve or angle in the length or course of anything.
- a curved arm of land jutting into the water; a curved peninsula: Sandy Hook.
- a recurved and pointed organ or appendage of an animal or plant.
- a small curved catch inserted into a loop to form a clothes fastener.
- the path described by a ball, as in baseball, bowling, or golf, that curves in a direction opposite to the throwing hand or to the side of the ball from which it was struck.
- a ball describing such a path.
- a short, circular punch delivered with the elbow bent.
- Also calledpennant.a stroke or line attached to the stem of eighth notes, sixteenth notes, etc.
- an appealing melodic phrase, orchestral ornament, refrain, etc., often important to a popular song's commercial success.
- an accidental short bend formed in a piece of bar stock during rolling.
- hands or fingers: Get your hooks off that cake!
- a pickpocket.
- Also calleda triangular plate or knee that binds together the stringers and plating at each end of a vessel.
- by any means, whether just or unjust, legal or illegal.
- to receive or subject to a dismissal: The rumor is that he got the hook.
- entirely; completely: He fell for the story—hook, line, and sinker.
- This time there was no one around to get him off the hook.
- out of trouble; released from some difficulty:This time there was no one around to get him off the hook.
- free of obligation:His brother paid all his bills and got him off the hook.
- on one's own initiative or responsibility; independently.
- He's already on the hook for $10,000.
- obliged; committed; involved:He's already on the hook for $10,000.
- subjected to a delaying tactic; waiting:We've had him on the hook for two weeks now.
- to seize, fasten, suspend from, pierce, or catch hold of and draw with or as if with a hook.
- to catch (fish) with a fishhook.
- to steal or seize by stealth.
- to catch or trick by artifice; snare.
- (of a bull or other horned animal) to catch on the horns or attack with the horns.
- to catch hold of and draw (loops of yarn) through cloth with or as if with a hook.
- to make (a rug, garment, etc.) in this fashion.
- to hit or throw (a ball) so that a hook results.
- to deliver a hook with: The champion hooked a right to his opponent's jaw.
- to push (a ball) backward with the foot in scrummage from the front line.
- to make hook-shaped; crook.
- to become attached or fastened by or as if by a hook.
- to curve or bend like a hook.
- (of a player) to hook the ball.
- (of a ball) to describe a hook in course.
- to depart hastily: We'd better hook for home.
- to run away; depart; flee: He hooked it when he saw the truant officer.
- to hook up a stereo system.
- to fasten with a hook or hooks.
- to assemble or connect, as the components of a machine:to hook up a stereo system.
- to connect to a central source, as of power or water:The house hasn't been hooked up to the city's water system yet.
- Informal.to join or become associated with:He never had a decent job until he hooked up with this company.
Pronunciation: (hook), [key]
- to work as a prostitute.
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