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crackerjack

[krak-er-jak] /ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk/ Informal.
noun
1.
a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.
adjective
2.
of marked ability; exceptionally fine.
Also, crackajack.
Origin of crackerjack
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; earlier crackajack, rhyming compound based on crack (adj.); -a- as in blackamoor; jack1 in sense “chap, fellow”

Cracker Jack

Trademark.
1.
a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.
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Examples from the Web for cracker-jack
Historical Examples
  • "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
  • 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
  • Besides, there's no telling what cracker-jack chances we may strike for pictures.

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

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for cracker-jack

crackerjack

/ˈkrækəˌdʒæk/
adjective
1.
excellent
noun
2.
a person or thing of exceptional quality or ability
Word Origin
C20: changed from crack (first-class) + jack1 (man)
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Word Origin and History for cracker-jack
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cracker-jack

crackerjack

modifier

: He estimates that a crackerjack examiner working under optimum conditions would find 10 to 15 percent of his cases to be inconclusive/ I'm a crackerjack story teller

noun

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc: Signorelli is a crackerjack

[late 1880s+; origin uncertain; perhaps a fanciful extension of cracker in the mid-19th-century British sense ''something approaching perfection,'' which is also reflected in terms like crack shot, crack troops, etc, and based on an echoic expression of speed; hence also cracking; the term is reinforced in the US by late 19th-century trademark Cracker Jack for a popcorn and peanut confection]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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