by hook or by crook
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Origin obscure; see By hook or by crook.
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- (idiomatic) By any means possible; one way or another.
- She was determined to win the contract, by hook or by crook.
- 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 198:
- I wouldn’t have believed it of myself; but, then - you see - I felt somehow I must get there by hook or by crook.
by any means possible