As crooked as Robin Hood's bow
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-06.
The meaning of the proverbial expression As crooked as Robin Hood's bow is "very crooked", the idea probably being that Robin Hood's bow was very crooked when bent by himself (as noted by Dobson & Taylor, p. 288). This cannot have been a very common saying as only two citations have been found to date.
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- Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 288.