crook and nanny

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Etymology[edit]

By spoonerism from nook and cranny, and by association with the more common words crook and nanny.

Noun[edit]

crook and nanny (plural crooks and nannies)

  1. (often preceded by "every") A very small place; mistaken form of nook and cranny
    • 2008, Wes Goff, City and the Sea: Memories of being a Young Sailor, page 44
      There's a building in St. Louis called the MEPS Building where doctors probe every crook and nanny of your body to see if you're physically fit enough to join the military.
    • 2003, Kit St. Germain, Thirteenth Fairy, page 246
      Wouldn't grow straight if you put a splint on 'er. She liked the loopholes in things. The chinks, the crooks and nannies... liked to find healthy little plantlets to choke!
    • 2009, Ted Macey, Merry Swan, Jack the Lad RN, page 17
      There was sand in every crook and nanny, from truck to keel. As the emerging seamen ran out of expletives so the Kalahari may have run out of sand.
  2. (rare, often preceded by "every") Average person or people.
    • 1995, Gordon Gibson, Thirty million musketeers: one Canada for all Canadians:
      For the currency of the lives of most us, the fashion in the business of the state has been to expand farther and farther into every nook and cranny, seeking the welfare of every crook and nanny.
    • 1997, Mervin Block, Writing broadcast news: shorter, sharper, stronger, page 10:
      We can also start a story with the name of someone who has star quality, a person whose name is widely known—in almost every nook and cranny, by almost every crook and nanny.
    • 2003 Oct 6, Robert Peffers, “The American Spirit”, soc.culture.irish, Usenet:
      The criminals could never predict if a Big Polis would be feeling his collar at any time. The beat Polis knew every nook and cranny on his beat, (he knew every crook and nanny too). No one, but no one, would dare to call a Big Polis, "the filth", or similar name in those days.

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