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crook

Music a piece of tubing added to a brass instrument in order to obtain a lower harmonic series
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A viable agri-industry for the South has been destroyed completely by greed and crookery. Perhaps the saddest part is that the same pattern is now manifesting itself in so-called high-value game species.
I would suggest this crookery be placed before the World Court in the Hague but, given that they have shown themselves typically hostile to and prejudiced against the Jewish nation in the best historical traditions of the European nations, I suppose it would be useless.
The book is packed with marvellous asides that add colour to an already kaleidoscopic cavalcade of crass credulousness, court drama and crookery. I loved the assessment from Pepys's description of a six foot five inch 'giantess' that he stood barely five feet one inch himself.
Theatrical releases with Chinese subtitled prints in Singapore on Aug 9 and Hong Kong on Aug 16 will potentially make their crookery easier still.
Byline: By GERALDINE COMISKEY and LIAM HORAN ..HDLN: CROOKERY LESSONS
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.
We'll tell the judge and all the world about his incompetence and crookery. He'll never work again'.