nook and cranny

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nook and cranny (plural nooks and crannies)

  1. (idiomatic) A place or part of a place, especially small or remote.
    Everyone went to sleep in some nook and cranny of the house.
    • 1966, Pat Shaw Iversen (tr.), “Soup from a Sausage Peg”, in The Snow Queen and Other Tales, 1st edition, translation of Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, page 224:
      It's strange to come away from home, from your own nook and cranny, to go by ship – which is also a kind of nook and cranny – and then suddenly be more than a hundred miles away and stand in a foreign land!
    • 2021 April 7, Christian Wolmar, “Electrification is a given... but comfort matters as well”, in RAIL, number 928, page 47:
      Ever since the post-war spread of the motor car, the railways have had to contend with tough competition, but have had an inherent advantage in the commuter and inter-city markets. Now they are about to face two new enemies - a technology that everyone has learnt to use and a virus that many people think lurks in every nook and cranny of the rail system.


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