Off the hooks

Also found in: Idioms.
unhinged; disturbed; disordered.

See also: Hook

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The attack was so sharp that Matilda--as his Reverence expressed it--was very nearly "off the hooks"; all the family were in a fever of expectation regarding the will, and Rawdon Crawley was making sure of at least forty thousand pounds before the commencement of the London season.
My boy, I'm dead to them--off their books--a good deal deader than being off the hooks! Why, if I went to Scotland Yard this minute, to give myself up, they'd chuck me out for a harmless lunatic.
Just at this time, however, a British force made its appearance off the Hook; and the port of New York was effectually blockaded.