be on the hook


Hello there,

I have stumbled across the following phrase in Harvard Business Review "If you’re on the hook to deliver a report that you realize you won’t be able to get done, Davey suggests saying something like, “I think I’m in over my head. Do you want me to keep plugging along?"

Am I right thinking that "on the hook" means that the person has been forced to compile a report?

Thank you for your help!
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    "On the hook" can be used in many different situations. It means you owe someone something in some way. Frequently it's referring to money but in your sentence it's referring to a report. Here's a sentence using money.

    I dropped my brother's cell phone and it broke so now I'm on the hook for $300.

    I owe my brother $300 so he can buy a new phone.
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