By hook or by crook, in some way or other; by fair means or foul.

(Crook) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crooked (kr??kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Crooking.] [OE. croken; cf. Sw. krka, Dan. krge. See Crook, n.]

Cronel to Cross

(Cro"nel) n. [Cf. Coronel spearhead, Crown.] The iron head of a tilting spear.

(Cro"net) n. [Cf. Coronet, Crownet.] The coronet of a horse.

(Cro"ni*an) a. [Gr. Saturnian, fr. Saturn.] Saturnian; — applied to the North Polar Sea. [R.] Milton.

(Cron"stedt*ite) n. (Min.) A mineral consisting principally of silicate of iron, and crystallizing in hexagonal prisms with perfect basal cleavage; — so named from the Swedish mineralogist Cronstedt.

(Cro"ny) n.; pl. Cronies [Orig., an old woman. See Crone.]

1. A crone. [Obs.] "Marry not an old crony." Burton.

2. An intimate companion; a familiar frend. [Colloq.]

He soon found his former cronies, though all rather the worse for the wear and tear of time.
W. Irving.

(Croo"dle) v. i. [Cf. Cruddle, Crudle.]

1. To cower or cuddle together, as from fear or cold; to lie close and snug together, as pigs in straw. [Prov. Eng.] Wright. Forby.

A dove to fly home her nest and croodle there.
C. Kingsley.

2. To fawn or coax. [Obs.]

3. To coo. [Scot.]

(Crook) n. [OE. crok; akin to Icel. kr&onackr hook, bend, SW. krok, Dan. krog, OD. krooke; or cf. Gael. crocan crook, hook, W. crwca crooked. Cf. Crosier, Crotchet, Crutch, Encroach.]

1. A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.

Through lanes, and crooks, and darkness.

2. Any implement having a bent or crooked end. Especially: (a) The staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves to hold a runaway sheep. (b) A bishop's staff of office. Cf. Pastoral staff.

He left his crook, he left his flocks.

3. A pothook. "As black as the crook." Sir W. Scott.

4. An artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge.

For all yuor brags, hooks, and crooks.

5. (Mus.) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.

6. A person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc. [Cant, U.S.]

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