• A crooked awl
    A crooked awl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Crookes English chemist and physicist; discovered thallium; invented the radiometer and studied cathode rays (1832-1919)
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  • Owen D. Young
    Owen D. Young
    “In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.”
  • Jill Peterson
    Jill Peterson
    “It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he's crooked.”


By hook or by crook - If you are prepared to do something by hook or by crook, you are willing to do anything, good or bad, to reach your goal.
Crooked as a dog's hind leg - Someone who is very dishonest is as crooked as a dog's hind leg.


In literature:

Your inamorata wanted you to be a crook?
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
We were waiting for Crook's corps.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Mr. Crooke distinguishes two tribes in Mirzapur whom he calls the Bhuiyas and Bhuiyars.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Crook ordered Colonel Hayes' brigade to cross Cloyd's meadow, charge up the hill, and take the batteries.
"The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes" by James Quay Howard
For Heldon Foyle had spoiled one of the greatest coups that ever a crook had been on the verge of bringing off.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
That would give Gibson a chance to holler that the mayor was afraid of a graft expose and was hand in hand with crooks.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
He was a crook and a sneak, and he showed it in his face.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
The heavy lizard was dragged along with its crooked legs futilely clawing the air.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Here, I crook the little one.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
To sustain this contention, let me ask if you have ever read the account of Sir William Crookes's experiments with psychic force?
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

"So give me your knotty swath to mow,
And rest awhile on the shady sward,
Else your body will crooked grow,
Little Cyrus, from working hard."
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary
So still the guileless man is blest,
To him all crooked paths are straight,
Him on his way to endless rest
Fresh, ever-growing strengths await.
"St. Bartholomew" by John Keble
Of Love the poet wrote, and soft
And sweet the liquid measures flowed,
Then gave his moments to an ode,
And crooks and shepherds mentioned oft.
"Reality" by Oscar Fay Adams
She washed in the brook, and caught up her crook.
And after her sheep did run
Along the trail that went up the dale
Across the grass in the sun.
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
AH, here it is! the sliding rail
That marks the old remembered spot,--
The gap that struck our school-boy trail,--
The crooked path across the lot.
"The Crooked Footpath" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So, stooping over the field he goes,
With none to pity if he complain,
And so the crook in his body grows,
And he never can stand up straight again.
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary

In news:

Crook foiled by pharmacy's Plexiglas door.
Security camera video shows the would-be crook pick up a rock and try to throw it through the door of Bioscrip Pharmacy in Dallas.
Redmond man rescued from the Crooked River Canyon.
This is season is Doug Crook Sr.'s third at the helm of Barnstable High football and, after last year's 7-3 record and three-way share of the Old Colony League title, they're buzzing about the Red Raiders from Marstons Mills to Osterville.
Also on Crooked R Grassland near Haystack Reservoir.
Crooks with character By Michael O'Sullivan Friday, October 26, 2012.
Hidden cameras, Brugger, undercover, brings us into close quarters with a variety of real-life crooks and weasels in his adventure.
When the story begins, Mal is a convict, a black ex-Marine and former lawyer who got caught up in racketeering charges related to a crooked influence peddler.
I finally limped out there with my shepherd's crook leaving holes in the ground.
The girl nervously watched as the tattoo formed on her hand, a small, colorful flower in the fleshy crook between her thumb and forefinger.
Out-Of-State Crooks Use Madison Residents' Info to Open Credit Cards.
Crook County health officials said on Friday that a second person was infected with the plague in June when a 59-year-old Prineville man nearly lost his life.
I thought they were straight shooters in a business that can harbor some crooked operators.
Crooked Fence Brewing recently rolled out a new line of 40-ounce hydro flasks perfect for shenanigans .
"By Crooked Steps" and "Been Away Too Long".

In science:

Crooks, Path-ensemble averages in systems driven far from equilibrium, Phys.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Crooks, Excursions in Statistical Mechanics, Ph. D.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
From the detailed fluctuation theorem (9), we can show Crooks’ fluctuation theorem as follows.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
Crooked planes were defined by Drumm to bound fundamental polyhedra in Minkowski space for Margulis spacetimes.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
They were extended by Frances to closed polyhedral surfaces in the conformal compactification of Minkowski space (Einstein space) which we call crooked surfaces.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry