As crooked as Crawley Brook.

This is a nameless brook arising about Wooburn [Woburn], running by Crawley, and falling immediately into the Ouse, a river much more remarkable than this brook for its frequent turnings and windings, for in its course it runs over eighty miles, in a linear distance of only eighteen.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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