A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.
A fishhook, a barbed metal hook used for fishing.
Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook
* Alexander Pope
* 1819 , Keats,
- like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook
- Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
- Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, e.g. g'' and ''j .
A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song.
- Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
A brief, punchy opening statement intended to get attention from an audience, reader, or viewer, and make them want to continue to listen to a speech, read a book, or watch a play.
A tie-in to a current event or trend that makes a news story or editorial relevant and timely.
(informal) Removal or expulsion from a group or activity.
- The song's hook snared me.
(cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, often played to balls which bounce around head height.
(baseball) A curveball.
- He is not handling this job, so we're giving him the hook .
(software) A feature, definition, or coding that enables future enhancements to happen compatibly or more easily.
- He threw a hook in the dirt.
(golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. See draw, slice, fade
(basketball) A basketball shot in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Also called hook shot.
(boxing) A type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc.
- ''We've added "user-defined" codepoints in several places and careful definitions of what to do with unknown message types as hooks in the standard to enable implementations to be both backward and forward compatible to future versions of the standard.
- The heavyweight delivered a few powerful hooks that staggered his opponent.
, date=December 18
, author=Ben Dirs
, title=Carl Froch outclassed by dazzling Andre Ward
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=American Ward was too quick and too slick for his British rival, landing at will with razor sharp jabs and hooks
and even bullying Froch at times.}}
(slang) A jack (the playing card)
(typography, rare) A .
* 2003 , Language Issues XV–XVIII,
* 2003 , David Adams, The Song and Duet Texts of ,
- Common diacritics in Slavonic language are the hook' ? (as in ha'''?'''ek – Czech for ‘hook’) and the stroke ´ (robi' ? – Polish for ‘do/make’).
* 2004 , Keesing’s Record of World Events L:i–xii,
- In Czech, palatalization is normally indicated by the symbol ?, called ha?ek or “hook .”
(Scrabble) An instance of playing a word perpendicular to a word already on the board, adding a letter to the start or the end of the word to form a new word.
(bowling) A ball that is rolled in a curved line.
(bridge, slang) A finesse.
A snare; a trap.
- In detailing the proposed shortening of the Czech Republic to ?esko…the hook (hacek) erroneously appeared over the letter “e” instead of the “C”.
A field sown two years in succession.
(in the plural) The projecting points of the thighbones of cattle; called also hook bones.
* by hook or by crook
* grappling hook
* hook shot
* on the hook
* Weisenberg, Michael (2000)
The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
To attach a hook to.
To catch with a hook (hook a fish).
- Hook the bag here, and the conveyor will carry it away.
To ensnare someone, as if with a hook.
- He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.
- She's only here to try to hook a husband.
(UK, US, slang, archaic) To steal.
To connect (hook into'', ''hook together ).
- A free trial is a good way to hook customers.
(Usually in passive) To make addicted; to captivate.
- If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.
- He had gotten hooked on cigarettes in his youth.
(cricket, golf) To play a hook shot.
(field hockey, ice hockey) To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player)
- I watched one episode of that TV series and now I'm hooked .
(soccer) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.
- The opposing team's forward hooked me, but the referee didn't see it, so no penalty.
, date=December 29
, author=Sam Sheringham
, title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton
, passage=The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked
wide from six yards.}}
(slang) To engage in prostitution.
(Scrabble) To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.
(bridge, slang) To finesse.
To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
- I had a cheap flat in the bad part of town, and I could watch the working girls hooking from my bedroom window.
* hook up
(archaic) Second-person singular past of take