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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a coat hook (=for hanging a coat on a wall)
▪ He hung his jacket on a coat hook in the hall.
a hooked nose (=one that curves down at the end)
▪ an old man with a hooked nose
be/get hooked on drugsinformal (= be/get addicted)
▪ She got hooked on drugs, and ended up homeless.
boat hook
curtain hook
curtain hooks (=for attaching curtains to a rail)
▪ The curtain has loops, so you don't need curtain hooks.
hook and eye
let sb off the hook (=allow someone to escape punishment or criticism)
▪ He’d decided to make Sandra wait before letting her off the hook.
the phone is off the hook (=it cannot be used because it is not connected or is already being used)
▪ On Friday nights we just take the phone off the hook and relax.
▪ Sharp took an eight count after taking a hard left hook.
▪ About the time this outcry was gathering momentum, a curve ball landed like a left hook.
▪ The bout ended 20 seconds later with a left hook.
▪ It was a sort of left hook.
▪ He just leaned on me and when he caught me with a left hook I was given a standing count.
▪ Though not the most powerful punch ever thrown, Stretch's right hook was delivered with perfect timing.
▪ He got preoccupied with my left hand and the right hook came in over his shoulder.
▪ Left and right hooks followed each other until the frightened tailor sank to the floor.
▪ Advance with a swift right hook.
▪ He glanced at the bird gloves hanging on their hooks.
▪ There were rows of them hanging on hooks, and stacks of them leaning against one another on the floor.
▪ It was a long, black, rubber-encased one, hanging from a hook by the back door.
▪ All hang on hooks in Icahn's trophy room.
▪ This statue was shrivelled inside its suit, hanging from a hook in its chest.
▪ She stood up and shrugged the sheepskin coat from her shoulders, hanging it from the hook behind the door.
▪ Chamber 7e is dominated by a man-size iron cage which hangs from a ceiling hook.
▪ He was tugging at a length of chain that was hanging from a hook in the wall.
▪ Melanie hung cups on hooks on the dresser; her arm went up and down, up and down.
▪ Jozia untied her apron and hung it on the hook by the door.
▪ We got a bamboo-wallah to build them two cages and hung them from hooks on the veranda.
▪ Kip had found the nightgown hung on the hook of the bathroom door.
▪ A tin with one side cut out of it hung from a hook at the back.
▪ We peeled off our khaki overalls and hung them on hooks.
▪ They hung him to the hook anyway and moved away.
▪ The Strap was a thick leather belt, about 3 inches wide, which hung on a hook.
▪ I must have left it off the hook this morning.
▪ I threw two left hooks, one uppercut and a straight right.
▪ Wall-mount your phone to save it from being kicked or left off the hook.
▪ In the third, Tyson initiated an unanswered barrage with two left hooks and finished it with the right uppercut.
▪ Jab-jab, left hook, my opening left hands moving him to the right, to meet my right cross.
▪ Secondly, the companies that have already spent money on cleaning up are reluctant to see others let off the hook.
▪ Poverty was let off the hook.
▪ Home striker Paul Crimmen let them off the hook on a number of occasions and Horsham had two goals disallowed.
▪ Social injustices were let off the hook.
▪ He wasn't even let off the hook when it was all over.
▪ Why, she wondered, when she had effectively let him off the hook?
▪ Lousy schools and dysfunctional teachers were let off the hook.
▪ Forget it, I said, For a moment I thought he was going to tell me to sling my hook.
sling your hook
▪ Forget it, I said, For a moment I thought he was going to tell me to sling my hook.
▪ a fish hook
▪ Jackson knocked Cooper down with a left hook to the body.
▪ The helmet hung from a hook next to Turner's jersey.
▪ You have to find a hook to sell a new show.
▪ Apologising for ourselves Apologising and being self-deprecating can let you off the hook.
▪ Hanging from hooks on the wall were sets of wire-pulling devices, complete with chain winch and gripper.
▪ I took off my coat and shoes, and walked into the sea with the hooks and ropes in my hands.
▪ Lacing uses conventional D-rings and hooks.
▪ Parents were let off the hook.
▪ This was the first place I ever caught fish on a hook and line.
▪ When no one deserves to get the hook, what criteria can we use to determine who does?
▪ She set her lips and dragged Adam out of the fire, hooking one of his arms round her neck.
▪ Pat waited a moment, then sighed and hooked his arm.
▪ But Jeanie would just turn away, hunch her shoulder and hook her arm, covering the page.
▪ The satellite was hooked to the arm for about an hour before it was slowly returned to its cradle and latched down.
▪ All tribes would hook arms in brotherhood and unite.
▪ But those who have actually hooked a fish, regardless of size, will know the thrill.
▪ I hooked and lost a fish at 12.30p.m. and that was the only fish to feel steel.
▪ How dreadful it would be if you hooked a big fish only to lose it through poking around with an inadequate net.
▪ He hooks his thumbs in his pockets and tips back and one-eyes that clock up on the wall.
▪ He sank back into the pillows, hooked his thumbs in his belt.
▪ All the computers in the office are hooked together.
▪ Banks used to give away toasters and stuff to hook new customers.
▪ Gorman stood there holding his hat, his umbrella hooked on his wrist.
▪ I hooked a 14-inch rainbow trout.
▪ Only one strap of his overalls was hooked.
▪ The ball just hooked a little bit to the left.
▪ A young man sat slumped there, his index finger hooked down into his water glass, stirring the ice cubes around.
▪ Alvin and I just sort of hooked up.
▪ Clients who are truly hooked will go to any length to meet their dealers' demands.
▪ He reached out with his umbrella and hooked the hat back.
▪ I believe it was the fact that the preaching was truly expository that hooked him.
▪ While there he begged a look around a semi-derelict Dakota and realised he was hooked on propliners!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hook \Hook\ (h[oo^]k; 277), n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage. Cf. Arquebuse, Hagbut, Hake, Hatch a half door, Heckle.]

  1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.

  2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.

  3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.

    Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.

  4. (Steam Engin.) See Eccentric, and V-hook.

  5. A snare; a trap. [R.]

  6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]

  7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; -- called also hook bones.

  8. (Geog.) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey.

  9. (Sports) The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball; in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer who struck the ball.

  10. (Computers) A procedure within the encoding of a computer program which allows the user to modify the program so as to import data from or export data to other programs.

    By hook or by crook, one way or other; by any means, direct or indirect.
    --Milton. ``In hope her to attain by hook or crook.''

    Off the hook, freed from some obligation or difficulty; as, to get off the hook by getting someone else to do the job.

    Off the hooks, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.] ``In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone out of the river.''

    On one's own hook, on one's own account or responsibility; by one's self. [Colloq. U.S.]

    To go off the hooks, to die. [Colloq.]

    Bid hook, a small boat hook.

    Chain hook. See under Chain.

    Deck hook, a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.

    Hook and eye, one of the small wire hooks and loops for fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.

    Hook bill (Zo["o]l.), the strongly curved beak of a bird.

    Hook ladder, a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can be suspended, as from the top of a wall.

    Hook motion (Steam Engin.), a valve gear which is reversed by V hooks.

    Hook squid, any squid which has the arms furnished with hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera Enoploteuthis and Onychteuthis.

    Hook wrench, a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end, instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or coupling.


Hook \Hook\, v. i.

  1. To bend; to curve as a hook.

  2. To move or go with a sudden turn; hence [Slang or Prov. Eng.], to make off; to clear out; -- often with it. ``Duncan was wounded, and the escort hooked it.''


Hook \Hook\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooked; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooking.]

  1. To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize, capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice; to entrap; to catch; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout.

    Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice.
    --W. Collins.

  2. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.

  3. To steal. [Colloq. Eng. & U.S.]

    To hook on, to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hoc "hook, angle," perhaps related to Old English haca "bolt," from Proto-Germanic *hokaz/*hakan- (cognates: Old Frisian hok, Middle Dutch hoek, Dutch haak, German Haken "hook"), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth" (cognates: Russian kogot "claw"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).\n

\nBoxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 1898. Figurative sense was in Middle English (see hooker). By hook or by crook (late 14c.) probably alludes to tools of professional thieves. Hook, line, and sinker "completely" is 1838, a metaphor from angling.


"to bend like a hook," c.1200; see hook (n.). Meaning "to catch (a fish) with a hook" is from c.1300. Related: Hooked; hooking.


n. 1 A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment. 2 A fishhook, a barbed metal hook used for fishing. 3 Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook 4 That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns. 5 A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, e.g. ''g'' and ''j''. 6 A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song. 7 A brief, punchy opening statement intended to get attention from an audience, reader, or viewer, and make them want to continue to listen to a speech, read a book, or watch a play. 8 A tie-in to a current event or trend that makes a news story or editorial relevant and timely. 9 (context informal English) removal or expulsion from a group or activity. 10 (context cricket English) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, often played to balls which bounce around head height. 11 (context baseball English) A curveball. 12 (context software English) A feature, definition, or coding that enables future enhancements to happen compatibly or more easily. 13 (context golf English) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. See draw, slice, fade 14 (context basketball English) A basketball shot in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Also called hook shot. 15 (context boxing English) A type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To attach a hook to. 2 (context transitive English) To catch with a hook (qualifier: hook a fish). 3 (context transitive English) To ensnare someone, as if with a hook. 4 (context UK US slang archaic English) To steal. 5 (context transitive English) To connect (''hook into'', ''hook together''). 6 (Usually in passive) To make addicted; to captivate. 7 (context cricket golf English) To play a hook shot. 8 (context field hockey ice hockey English) To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player) 9 (context soccer English) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.

  1. n. a catch for locking a door

  2. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook [syn: crotchet]

  3. anything that serves as an enticement [syn: bait, come-on, lure, sweetener]

  4. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something [syn: claw]

  5. a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

  6. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking" [syn: draw, hooking]

  7. a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent

  8. a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket [syn: hook shot]

  1. v. fasten with a hook [ant: unhook]

  2. rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob] [ant: undercharge]

  3. make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day" [syn: crochet]

  4. hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left

  5. take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!" [syn: snitch, thieve, cop, knock off, glom]

  6. make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]

  7. hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"

  8. catch with a hook; "hook a fish"

  9. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug) [syn: addict]

  10. secure with the foot; "hook the ball"

  11. entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers" [syn: snare]

  12. approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park" [syn: solicit, accost]

Hook (disambiguation)

A hook is a tool with a curved end.

Hook may also refer to:

Hook (film)

Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Robin Williams as Peter Banning/Peter Pan, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Smee, Maggie Smith as Wendy, Caroline Goodall as Moira Banning, and Charlie Korsmo as Jack Banning. It acts as a sequel to J. M. Barrie's 1911 novel Peter and Wendy focusing on an adult Peter Pan who has forgotten all about his childhood. In his new life, he is known as Peter Banning, a successful but unimaginative corporate lawyer with a wife (Wendy's granddaughter) and two children. However, when Hook, the old enemy of his past, kidnaps his children, he returns to Neverland in order to save them. Along the journey he reclaims his youthful spirit that unlocks the memory to his past.

Spielberg began developing the film in the early 1980s with Walt Disney Productions and Paramount Pictures, which would have followed the story line seen in the 1924 silent film and 1953 animated film. It entered pre-production in 1985, but Spielberg abandoned the project. James V. Hart developed the script with director Nick Castle and TriStar Pictures before Spielberg decided to direct in 1989. It was shot almost entirely on sound stages at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. It received mixed reviews from critics, and while it was a commercial success, its box office intake was lower than expected. It was nominated in five categories at the 64th Academy Awards. It also spawned merchandise, including video games, action figures, and comic book adaptations.

Hook (Transformers)

Hook is the name of four fictional characters in the Transformers series. The original Hook was introduced in 1985 and was voiced by Neil Ross in The Transformers. A third party Transformer called Dr. Crank was designed by TFClub which is a homage to Hook. Hook has also been the Japanese name of several other characters. A heroic mirror-universe version of Hook was created by Fun Publications in 2008 for their Shattered Glass story.

Hook (Blues Traveler song)

"Hook" is a song by the jam band Blues Traveler, from their 1994 album Four. The song peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The title of the song is a reference to the term hook: "A hook is a musical idea, often a short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to "catch the ear of the listener". The lyrics are a commentary on the banality and vacuousness of successful pop songs, making "Hook" both a hit song and a satire of a hit song.


A hook is a tool consisting of a length of material that contains a portion that is curved or indented, so that this portion can be used to hold another object. In a number of uses, one end of the hook is pointed, so that this end can pierce another material, which is then held by the curved or indented portion.

Hook (Once Upon a Time)

Killian Jones (also known as Captain Hook), is a fictional character in ABC's television series Once Upon a Time. He is portrayed by Irish actor/musician Colin O'Donoghue, who became a series regular in the second season after making recurring appearances and has become a fan favorite since his debut. He is based on the character from J. M. Barrie's play, Peter and Wendy.

Hook (music)

A hook is a musical idea, often a short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to "catch the ear of the listener". The term generally applies to popular music, especially rock, R&B, hip hop, dance, and pop. In these genres, the hook is often found in, or consists of, the chorus. A hook can be either melodic or rhythmic, and often incorporates the main motif for a piece of music.

Hook (boxing)

A hook is a punch in boxing. It is performed by turning the core muscles and back, thereby swinging the arm, which is bent at an angle near or at 90 degrees, in a horizontal arc into the opponent. A hook is usually aimed at the chin, but it can also be used for body shots, especially to the liver.

Hook punches can be thrown by either the lead hand or the rear hand, but the term used without a qualifier usually refers to a lead hook.

When throwing a hook, the puncher shifts his body weight to the lead foot, allowing him to pivot his lead foot and generate kinetic energy through the hip/torso/shoulder, swinging his lead fist horizontally toward the opponent. Sometimes, depending on style and what feels comfortable to the individual, the lead foot is not pivoted. Pivoting increases the power of the punch, but leaves one lacking in options to follow up with, such as the right uppercut or right hook.

The hook is a powerful punch with knockout power.

Variations of the hook are the shovel hook or upper-hook; they are body punches that combine characteristics of both the hook and the uppercut.

Another variation on the hook is the check hook, which combines an ordinary hook with footwork that removes a boxer from the path of a lunging opponent.

Several boxers noted for their hooks are Joe Frazier, Bob Foster, Jack Dempsey, Henry Cooper and Mike Tyson.

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Hook (surname)

Hook is a surname, and may refer

  • Alfred Henry Hook (1850–1905), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Elias Hook (1805–1881), brother of George Greenleaf Hook, American organ builder
  • Frank Eugene Hook (1893–1982), U.S. state of Michigan politician
  • Geoff "Jeff" Hook (b. 1928), Australian cartoonist
  • George Hook (b. 1930), Irish journalist
  • George Greenleaf Hook, (1807–1880), brother of Elias Hook, American organ builder
  • Hilary Hook (1918–1990), British soldier
  • Jake Hook, English songwriter and producer
  • James Hook (b. 1985), Welsh rugby player
  • James Hook (1746–1827), English composer
  • James Clarke Hook (1819–1907), English painter
  • Jamie Hook, American filmmaker
  • Jay Hook (b. 1936), American baseball player
  • Martina Hook (b. 1982), Swedish ski mountaineer
  • Peter Hook (b. 1956) English musician
  • Sidney Hook (1902–1989), American pragmatic philosopher
  • Ted Hook (1910–1990), Australian public servant and lawyer
  • Theodore Edward Hook (1788–1841), English author
  • Walter Farquhar Hook (1798–1875), Victorian churchman
Hook (hand tool)

A hook as a hand tool is used for securing and moving loads. It consists of a round wooden handle with a strong metal hook about 8" long projecting at a right angle from the center of the handle. The appliance is held in a closed fist with the hook projecting between two fingers.

This type of hook is used in many different industries, and has many different names. It may be called a box hook, cargo hook, loading hook, docker's hook when used by longshoremen, and a baling hook, bale hook, or hay hook in the agricultural industry. Other variants exist, such as in forestry, for moving logs, and a type with a long shaft, used by city workers to remove manhole covers.

Smaller hooks may also be used in food processing and transport.

Hook (nickname)

Hook or the Hook is a nickname of:

  • Harry Aleman (1939-2010), Chicago mobster nicknamed "the Hook"
  • Hook Dillon (1924–2004), American basketball player
  • Anthony Griffin (rugby league), Brisbane Broncos coach known by the nickname "Hook"
  • Abu Hamza al-Masri (born 1958), former imam of Finsbury Park Mosque in London, England, known as "Hook" in the British tabloid press
  • Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell (born 1968), American former streetball player
Hook (bowling)

A hook in ten-pin bowling is a ball that rolls in a curving pattern (versus straight). The purpose of the hook is to give the ball a better angle at the 1-3 pocket (right-handers) or 1-2 pocket (left-handers.) When a ball is rolled straight, hitting the pocket must be precise. By hooking the ball, the ball will hit the pins with more force, producing better carry - especially on the 5-pin during a strike ball. Straight roll - even when it hits the pocket, will tend to leave a tap, such as the 5-pin on a light hit, or the 10-pin if the ball was just slightly right of the head pin. A hook ball can create strikes with less precise hits at the pocket.

A hook ball can also help the bowler shape the shot on challenging oil patterns.

In other games of bowling, such as duckpin bowling or candlepin bowling, a hook is virtually non-existent for experienced bowlers since the ball is much smaller than in ten-pin bowling, and rolls too fast to the pins to allow a hook to develop.

Hook (filmmaking)

The hook is the nucleus of both a film and its screenplay. It is what grabs the viewer's attention, preferably in the first 5–10 minutes, as a reader might expect to find a literary hook in the first chapter of a novel.

During the pitch process, a screenwriter will use a hook to prove the "bankable" quality of their screenplay.

Knowing the importance of a good hook, many screenwriters write their hooks first. Conceivably, the life of a screenplay might evolve from hook to 1-page synopsis, to 4-page treatment, to full treatment, to scriptment, to screenplay.

One can briefly state a good hook in one or two sentences, introducing the protagonist, the conflict that drives the story, and what the protagonist will achieve with either triumph or defeat. The "hook" is the viewer's own question of whether the conflict can be resolved, so a screenwriter might want to test the hook by turning it into a question. For example, "Johnny must catch the murderer so that he can get the girl" might become "Will Johnny catch the murderer? Or will he lose the girl?" In this way, the screenwriter can use the hook as a tool when writing the screenplay.

Hook (diacritic)

In typesetting, the hook or tail is a diacritic mark attached to letters in many alphabets. In shape it looks like a hook and it can be attached below as a descender, on top as an ascender and sometimes to the side. The orientation of the hook can change its meaning: when it is below and curls to the left it can be interpreted as a palatal hook, and when it curls to the right is called hook tail or tail and can be interpreted as a retroflex hook. It should not be mistaken with the hook above, a diacritical mark used in Vietnamese, or the rhotic hook, used in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Usage examples of "hook".

He was almost convinced that reducing a tree to lumber expunged whatever might be abiding within when he saw the long, hooked tongue emerge from the wall behind the bed.

As soon as abreaction hits one of your group, the others soon topple - one after the other they are hooked.

Get it clearly into your mind: one ingenuity of the nicotine trap is that, like all drug addiction, it is designed to keep you hooked, and that the more it adversely affects your health and purse, the more securely you appear to be hooked.

Another subtle aspect of addiction is that, although it is the first dose that hooks us, the whole process is usually so subtle and gradual that it can take years for us to realize that we are actually hooked.

If I were the more agile jumper Hovan Du far outclassed me in climbing, with the result that he reached the rail and was clambering over while my eyes were still below the level of the deck, which was, perhaps, a fortunate thing for me since, by chance, I had elected to gain the deck directly at a point where, unknown to me, one of the crew of the ship was engaged with the grappling hooks.

Physicians have a greater incidence of alcoholism, and they also have a higher incidence of getting hooked on medications like Talwin and Demerol and other injectable opiates because of their greater access to them.

Our patience was rewarded on the fifth night when Capers hooked a small amberjack and brought it on board with a shout.

When they anchored in the deepest part of the channel, Hal dropped a hand line over the side, the hooks baited with crabs they had taken from their holes on the sandy beach.

In the space of just a few minutes she had seen ten armed men carrying suitcases, a sable-garbed woman with two steel hooks for hands, and now a diamond-studded blond followed by a hulking, apish brute of a man.

Wolf looked up from where he carved a segment of mammoth ivory, shaping it carefully into an atlatl hook.

With the horned moon hooked round the topmost limb, And the owl awatch on the branch below, What is the song of the winds that blow Through your boughs so mysteriously?

But will the Baas please remember that a gin bottle is not the only bait that the devil sets upon his hook.

But he made a mistake, Baas, that of coming back again, being drawn by his love of Sabeela, just as a fish is drawn by the bait on the hook, Baas.

And now the hook is fast in his mouth, for the priests knew of his return well enough, Baas, and of course were waiting for him.

He sat on the floor with his knees drawn up to his chest, watching with bafflement as Merry-Death grabbed a fleecy robe from a wall hook, sliced him a quelling glare, unlocked the door, and shot away from him, faster than an arrow from a crossbow.