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1‘the crook got five years for swindling two families’
criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
informal young offender, juvenile delinquent
informal felon, thief, robber, armed robber, burglar, housebreaker, shoplifter, mugger, fraudster, confidence trickster, swindler, racketeer, gunman, gangster, outlaw, bandit, terrorist, rapist
informal con, jailbird, lifer, baddy, shark, conman, con artist, hustler
North American informal yardbird, yegg
Australian informal crim
South African informal lighty
West Indian informal tief
British informal, rhyming slang tea leaf
informal, dated cracksman
informal malfeasant, misfeasor, infractor
informal, archaic miscreant, trespasser, trusty, transport
informal, rare peculator, defalcator
2‘the leopard sat in the crook of a tree branch’
bend, curve, curvature, kink, bow, elbow, angle, fork, intersection
1‘he crooked his finger and called over the waiter’
cock, flex, bend, curve, curl, angle, hook, bow
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