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By Hook or by Crook 1100 Words You Need Week 38 Day 1

Published on October 17th, 2020 | Last updated on October 17th, 2020 by | Category: 1100 Words You Need to Know Flashcards, English Vocabulary in Context | No Comments on By Hook or by Crook 1100 Words You Need Week 38 Day 1 | 84 Views | Reading Time: 2 minutes

By Hook or by Crook 1100 Words You Need Week 38 Day 1

By Hook or by Crook 1100 Words You Need Week 38 Day 1

by any method that is thinkable or possible, by any possible means, no matter how, by any means, somehow, in one way or another, no matter what, no matter what it takes

“By hook or by crook” is an English phrase meaning “by any means necessary”, suggesting that any means possible should be taken to accomplish a goal. The phrase is very old, first recorded in the Middle English Controversial Tracts of John Wyclif in 1380.

The origin of the phrase is obscure, with multiple different explanations and no evidence to support any particular one over the others. For example, a commonly repeated suggestion is that it comes from Hook Head in Wexford, Ireland and the nearby village of Crooke, in Waterford, Ireland. As such, the phrase would derive from a vow by Oliver Cromwell to take Waterford by Hook (on the Wexford side of Waterford Estuary) or by Crook (a village on the Waterford side); although the Wyclif tract was published at least 260 years before Cromwell. Another is that it comes from the customs regulating which firewood local people could take from common land; they were allowed to take any branches that they could reach with a billhook or a shepherd’s crook (used to hook sheep).

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