crook


crook
Bad, unpleasant or unsatisfactory: Things were crook on the land in the seventies. Crook means bad in a general sense, and also in more specific senses too: unwell or injured (a crook knee), and dishonest or illegal (he was accused of crook dealings). It is an abbreviation of crooked 'dishonestly come by'. cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down A joking term for a cure-all, the remedy for any problem. The phrase (now often with some variations) was originally the title of a 1960s Sydney theatrical revue. The cuppa, the Bex (an analgesic in powder form) and the lie down were supposed to be the suburban housewife's solution to problems such as depression, anxiety, isolation and boredom. The expression is often used in political contexts-'He called the ASEAN ambassadors in for a cup of tea, a Bex and a quick lie down'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • crook — (kr[oo^]k), n. [OE. crok; akin to Icel. kr[=o]kr 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crook — crook·ed; crook·ed·ness; crook·en; crook·ery; crook; crook·ed·ly; …   English syllables

  • Crook — (kr??k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crooked} (kr??kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crooking}.] [OE. croken; cf. Sw. kr?ka, Dan. kr?ge. See Crook, n.] 1. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve. [1913 Webster] Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Crook, CO — U.S. town in Colorado Population (2000): 128 Housing Units (2000): 80 Land area (2000): 0.129100 sq. miles (0.334367 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.129100 sq. miles (0.334367 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • crook´ed|ly — crook|ed «KRUK ihd», adjective. 1. not straight; bent, curved, or twisted. 2. Figurative. not honest; fraudulent; wrong: »a crooked scheme. –crook´ed|ly, adverb. –crook´ed|ness …   Useful english dictionary

  • crook|ed — «KRUK ihd», adjective. 1. not straight; bent, curved, or twisted. 2. Figurative. not honest; fraudulent; wrong: »a crooked scheme. –crook´ed|ly, adverb. –crook´ed|ness …   Useful english dictionary

  • Crook — Crook, v. i. To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature. The port . . . crooketh like a bow. Phaer. [1913 Webster] Their shoes and pattens are snouted, and piked more than a finger long, crooking upwards. Camden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crook — early 13c., hook shaped instrument or weapon, from O.N. krokr hook, corner, cognate with O.H.G. kracho hooked tool, of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr words meaning bent, hooked. Meaning swindler is… …   Etymology dictionary


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