by hook or by crook

shorty1

Senior Member
Korean
Hello


Source: English book published in Korea on Cliches


by hook or by crook

definition: by any possible means, fair or foul.

example sentence:

"He'll do it by hook or by crook."


Is there another idiomatic expression of saying this in a casual conversation?

I want to know what expression native speakers usually use in this case?


Thank you for your help.
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    One way or another is certainly the most literal alternative, and very commonly used.

    You could also gloss it as: He is determined to do it.
     

    shorty1

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you so much, JillN, Greyfriar and suzi. :)

    one way or another
    no matter what
    He'll do it any way he can
    He'll stop at nothing to do it.
    He is determined to do it.

    I get it.


    By the way, in this case, is 'at any cost' one of those expressions native speakers commonly use in a casual dialogue, too? or a little formal? :confused:

    I looked it up in a Korean-English dictionary.
     
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    shorty1

    Senior Member
    Korean
    It is not preferred that much in a casual dialogue.

    Had it not been for your help, I wouldn't understand exactly what those expressions meant.


    Thank you for your time and checking this, Greyfriar and Franco-filly. :)
     
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