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
- ‘The present set of officials, according to Rover, want to be elected by hook or by crook.’
- ‘Every Friday, by hook or by crook, I was in front of the TV set.’
- ‘I have told them I will replace everything by hook or by crook.’
- ‘Parents are compelled to make money by hook or by crook for the ‘safe’ future of their children.’
- ‘Reality has to be kept at a distance by hook or by crook.’
- ‘I made a mental note to try and procure some guest passes by hook or by crook.’
- ‘A driving-school trainer said that people want a licence by hook or by crook, without mastering the basics of driving a vehicle.’
- ‘Their only concern is to win the match by hook or by crook and be in line to enter the final round.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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