Hood to Horace
Hood `Tis not the hood that makes the monk (Cucullus non facit monachum). We must not be deceived
by appearances, or take for granted that things and persons are what they seem to be.
"They should be good men; their affairs areHood (Robin). Introduced by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe. (See Robin.)
Hoods (Anglo-Saxon hod).
Hoodlum (American slang) A Californian rough.
Hoodman Blind Now called "Blindman's Buff."
"What devil was'tHook, Hooks He is off the hooks. Done for, laid on the shelf, superseded, dead. The bent pieces of iron on which the hinges of a gate rest and turn are called hooks; if a gate is off the hooks it is in a bad way, and cannot readily be opened and shut.
On one's own hook. On one's own responsibility or account. An angler's phrase.
To fish with a golden hook. To give bribes. "Pêcher avec un hamegon d'or. " Risk a sprat to catch a mackerel. To buy fish, and pretend to have caught it.
With a hook at the end. My assent is given with a hook at the end means not intended to be kept. In some parts of Germany, even to the present day, when a witness swears falsely, he crooks one finger into a sort of hook, and this is supposed sufficient to avert the sin of perjury. It is a crooked oath, or an oath "with a hook at the end." (See Over The Left.)
N.B. Ringing the bells backwards, and repeating the Lord's Prayer backwards belong to the same class of superstitions.
Hook it! Take your hook; Sling your hook. Be off! Be off about your business! This expression amongst woodmen, reapers, etc., is equivalent to the military one, "Pack up your tatters and follow the drum."
Hook or Crook (By). Either rightfully or wrongfully; in one way or another. Formerly the poor of a manor
were allowed to go into the forests with a hook and crook to get wood. What they could not reach they
might pull down with their crook. The French equivalent is "A droit ou à tort, " or "De bric et de broc. "
Either with the thief's hook or the bishop's crook. Mrs. S. C. Hall, in her Ireland (vol. ii. p. 149 n.),
states, as the origin of this phrase, that when the ships of Strongbow were entering Waterford harbour
he noticed a tower on one side and a church on the other. Inquiring their names, he was told it was
the "Tower of Hook" and the "Church of Crook." Then said he, "We must take the town by Hook and by
Crook." There is no such person as St. Crook mentioned by the Bollandists.
"Dymnure Wood was ever open and common to the ... inhabitants of Bodmin ... to bear away upon their backs a burden of lop, crop, hook, crook, and bag wood." - Bodmin Register (1525).
"The which his sire had scrapt by hooke or crooke."Hookey Walker (See Walker .)
Hooped Pots Drinking pots at one time were made with hoops, that when two or more drank from the same tankard no one of them should take more than his share. Jack Cade promises his followers that
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