by hook or by crook

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Origin obscure; see By hook or by crook.


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by hook or by crook

  1. (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.


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