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crook

Music a piece of tubing added to a brass instrument in order to obtain a lower harmonic series

crook

1. The warp of a board edge from a straight line drawn between the two ends; also called edgebend or spring.
2. A piece of timber so warped; a knee.
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A viable agri-industry for the South has been destroyed completely by greed and crookery.
In spite of Dickstein's crookery, the congressman's views were, as the KGB chief in America wrote to Moscow, "close to ours," and indeed the other more important agents, such as Hiss, White, Duggan, and Currie, never received more than their expenses for the secrets.
Any half-decent governing body would have launched a proper inquiry into such dark and dirty corners and called in the police if, or more likely when, crookery was exposed.
If the row goes to court the ousted director will have his say, too, about the incompetence and crookery of those who fired him.