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Cracker Jack

a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You're a cracker-jack," was all he said, and closed the door behind him.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I hope you will consent to do this new piece; it is a cracker-jack.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
  • Besides, there's no telling what cracker-jack chances we may strike for pictures.

  • Did you hear thet Boston banker what bought the cracker-jack from us a-hollerin'?

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • Well, it's a regular Jim-dandy cracker-jack—some swell clump, eh?

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol
  • Got a cracker-jack proposition; six cinematograph shows, one-fifth interest.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • There came a day, or rather an evening, when the discarded husband rose up and called himself a “cracker-jack.”

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
  • You fellows put up a cracker-jack game, and I think you are an honor to the old college.

  • Emmons is a cracker-jack, and naturally I want you to get a move on yourself and be happy again.

    Plays Susan Glaspell
Word Origin and History for cracker-jack

also crackerjack, "something excellent," 1895, U.S. colloquialism, apparently a fanciful construction. The caramel-coated popcorn-and-peanuts confection was said to have been introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition (1893). Supposedly a salesman gave it the name when he tasted some and said, "That's a cracker-jack," using the then-popular expression. The name was trademarked 1896. The "Prize in Every Box" was introduced 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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