One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
By any possible means.‘the government intends, by hook or by crook, to hold on to the land’
by any means, by any means whatsoever, somehow, somehow or other, no matter how, in one way or another, by fair means or foulView synonyms
- ‘Parents are compelled to make money by hook or by crook for the ‘safe’ future of their children.’
- ‘It doesn't matter what we think, say the focus groups, the political elite wants to join the euro and, by hook or by crook, it will force us into membership.’
- ‘A driving-school trainer said that people want a licence by hook or by crook, without mastering the basics of driving a vehicle.’
- ‘Every Friday, by hook or by crook, I was in front of the TV set.’
- ‘The present set of officials, according to Rover, want to be elected by hook or by crook.’
- ‘I have told them I will replace everything by hook or by crook.’
- ‘Their only concern is to win the match by hook or by crook and be in line to enter the final round.’
- ‘Reality has to be kept at a distance by hook or by crook.’
- ‘Sometimes, it takes years and years to finally get it done, but by never backing down, by never giving up, they get these films to the screen by hook or by crook.’
- ‘I made a mental note to try and procure some guest passes by hook or by crook.’
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