Definition of on one's own hook in English:

on one's own hook


informal, dated North American
  • On one's own account; by oneself.

    • ‘I'm thinking of starting a class on my own hook’
    • ‘We might encapsulate these promises as ‘functionality’ and ‘freedom’ - the system will work for you if you work for it, and if you can get ahead on your own hook, God bless you.’
    • ‘Older pickpockets, incapacitated for work on their own hook, instructed the younger charges, reducing the subject to a science.’
    • ‘Count William of Nevers had in the meantime set out into Asia Minor on his own hook.’
    • ‘It is also unclear as to whether that refusal is by him on his own hook or at the instruction of the Frasers.’