Meaning of HOOK in English


I. hook 1 S3 /hʊk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: hoc ]

1 . HANGING THINGS a curved piece of metal or plastic that you use for hanging things on ⇨ peg :

Tom hung his coat on the hook behind the door.

2 .

CATCHING FISH a curved piece of thin metal with a sharp point for catching fish

3 . let/get somebody off the hook to allow someone or help someone to get out of a difficult situation:

I wasn’t prepared to let her off the hook that easily.

4 . leave/take the phone off the hook to leave or take the telephone ↑ receiver (=the part you speak into) off the part where it is usually placed so that no one can call you

5 . be ringing off the hook American English if your telephone is ringing off the hook, a lot of people are calling you

6 . INTEREST something that is attractive and gets people’s interest and attention SYN draw :

You always need a bit of a hook to get people to go to the theatre.

7 . by hook or by crook if you are going to do something by hook or by crook, you are determined to do it, whatever methods you have to use:

The police are going to get these guys, by hook or by crook.

8 . HITTING SOMEBODY a way of hitting your opponent in ↑ boxing , in which your elbow is bent ⇨ punch , jab

9 . hook, line, and sinker if someone believes something hook, line, and sinker, they believe a lie completely

⇨ ↑ boat hook , ↑ curtain hook , ⇨ sling your hook at ↑ sling 1 (4)

II. hook 2 S3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . FISH to catch a fish with a hook:

I hooked a 20-pound salmon last week.

2 . FASTEN [always + adverb/preposition] to fasten or hang something onto something else

hook something onto/to something

Just hook the bucket onto the rope and lower it down.

3 . BEND YOUR FINGER/ARM ETC [always + adverb/preposition] to bend your finger, arm, or leg, especially so that you can pull or hold something else:

Ruth hooked her arm through Tony’s.

He tried to hook his leg over the branch.

4 . INTEREST/ATTRACT informal to succeed in making someone interested in something or attracted to something:

cigarette ads designed to hook young people

5 . ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT [always + adverb/preposition] ( also hook up ) to connect a piece of electronic equipment to another piece of equipment or to an electricity supply ⇨ hook-up :

We’ve got a CD player, but it’s not hooked up yet.

hook something together

Computers from different manufacturers can often be hooked together.

6 . BALL to throw or kick a ball so that it moves in a curve

hook up with somebody/something phrasal verb especially American English informal

1 .

a) to start having a sexual relationship with someone

b) to meet someone and become friendly with them SYN meet up with :

Did you ever hook up with Maisy while you were there?

c) to agree to work together with another organization for a particular purpose

2 . hook somebody up with something to help someone get something that they need or want SYN fix up with :

Do you think you can hook me up with some tickets for tonight?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.