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Definition of 'hook'


  1. a catch for locking a door
  2. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
       Synonyms: crotchet
  3. anything that serves as an enticement
       Synonyms: bait come-on lure sweetener
  4. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
       Synonyms: claw
  5. a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
  6. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he took lessons to cure his hooking"
       Synonyms: draw hooking
  7. a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
  8. a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
       Synonyms: hook shot


  1. fasten with a hook
       Antonyms: unhook
  2. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
       Synonyms: overcharge soak surcharge gazump fleece plume pluck rob
       Antonyms: undercharge
  3. make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day"
       Synonyms: crochet
  4. hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
  5. take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!"
       Synonyms: snitch thieve cop knock off glom
  6. make off with belongings of others
       Synonyms: pilfer cabbage purloin pinch abstract snarf swipe sneak filch nobble lift
  7. hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"
  8. catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
  9. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
       Synonyms: addict
  10. secure with the foot; "hook the ball"
  11. entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
       Synonyms: snare
  12. approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
       Synonyms: solicit accost

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