To be possible in anyway, in all manners


  • This idiom is originated back in 14th century and still in practice. It demonstrates that if you want to achieve your goal, you would use all possible and impossible ways to be successful. There is no limit of ideas and resources you would use to get what you want. Either you will use hook to reach at or will steal it like a crook.

Andre would have to attend this seminar by hook or by crook.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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by hook or by crookBy any means possible; one way or another.
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