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noun [countable]     hook pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a curved piece of metal or plastic for hanging things on

    He hung his coat on a hook on the back of the door.

    1. b.
      a curved piece of metal or plastic fixed to a pole or with a handle at the other end, used for catching hold of something

      a meat hook

      a boat hook

  2. 2
    a hit that a boxer (=someone who fights as a sport) makes with their arm bent
    a left/right hook:

    a left hook to the jaw

  3. 3
    informal a method used for getting people interested in and attracted to something, especially something that you are selling
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    in music, a short sequence of notes that is repeated several times and is very memorable

    Their music is packed with catchy hooks that grab you right off the bat.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/04/2016
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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