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    Question Idiom

    Hi,

    Could anyone please tell me what this idiom means?

    They all managed to run away but the remaininig guys were caught on the hook.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Idiom

    Please provide some more of the context.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Dear Grumpy, it's just a sentecse and I have to know the meaning of ON THE HOOK, because I have to write an exmaple as a sentece,It's not a part of a context,So I cannot explain more
    Any help?

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    Without more context, it's not possible to say what this means.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Jan-2013 at 22:06. Reason: typo

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    It's a poor sentence to test the meaning of the phrase, which isn't an idiom that I have heard. It could mean that they were caught at that time or in that place. However, context is always essential for understanding meaning.

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    Thanks to all.

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    "On the hook" means that you are responsible for something.

    He had been paying her the interest on the loan, but he's still on the hook for the $10,000 of the original loan.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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