Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Rook’ery (3 syl.).

 Rook’s Hill (Lavant, Chichester),Rooky Wood (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rook’ery (3 syl.).
Any low neighbourhood frequented by thieves and vagabonds. A person fleeced or liable to be fleeced is a pigeon, but those who prey upon these “gulls” are called rooks.   1
        “The demolition of rookeries has not proved an efficient remedy for overcrowding.”—A. Egmont Hake: Free Trade in Capital, chap. xv.

 Rook’s Hill (Lavant, Chichester),Rooky Wood (The). 

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