Once I exposed the leading citizen of Dallas, the very top guy, as a crook who had stolen money.
“The minute someone becomes ‘ our crook,’ we become complicit in our own defeat,” Kucinich warned.
Yes, I got a tax break for the $5 million I lost with crook extraordinaire Bernie Madoff.
It was chilly, and the tightly wrapped baked potato of a boy felt warm in the crook of my arm.
Well, the governor--who is, let us not forget, a crook pure and simple--does have a history of that.
A charm like that, she gave me to understand, I must by hook or by crook obtain.
With them, the crook is presumed guilty at the outset of whatever may be charged against him.
crook came out of the woods so suddenly and silently that the Confederates at that end of the line were simply astounded.
I am an outlaw, and get my living by hook and by crook in a manner it boots not now to tell of.
Here we have our author in evening dress, passing as a man of society at a banquet of the rich, shadowing a "high-flyer" crook.
early 13c., "hook-shaped instrument or weapon," from Old Norse krokr "hook, corner," cognate with Old High German kracho "hooked tool," of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr- words meaning "bent, hooked." Meaning "swindler" is American English, 1879, from crooked in figurative sense of "dishonest" (1708). Crook "dishonest trick" was in Middle English.
A habitual or professional criminal; a consistently dishonest person: The chief said, ''I'm not a crook'' (1870s+)
To steal: He crooked my socks (1940s+)