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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nuthook \Nut"hook`\, n. 1. A hook at the end of a pole to pull down boughs for gathering the nuts. [1913 Webster] 2. A thief who steals by means of a hook; also, a bailiff who hooks or seizes malefactors. --Shak. [1913 Webster]