One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
On one's own account; by oneself.
- ‘We might encapsulate these promises as ‘functionality’ and ‘freedom’ - the system will work for you if you work for it, and if you can get ahead on your own hook, God bless you.’
- ‘Count William of Nevers had in the meantime set out into Asia Minor on his own hook.’
- ‘It is also unclear as to whether that refusal is by him on his own hook or at the instruction of the Frasers.’
- ‘Older pickpockets, incapacitated for work on their own hook, instructed the younger charges, reducing the subject to a science.’
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