Reza Aslan on why cracking down on Israel and India is the only way to reach Ahmadinejad.
The Feds will tell you that cracking down on insider trades protects the rights of all investors.
When is that special Benghazi committee in the House of Representatives going to get cracking, you may have wondered?
But things really got cracking when his old pal Jon Stewart swung by, and tried to interest his friend in the festival of lights.
Of course, cracking this market will require some costly legwork.
But—“By gad, sah,” he said cracking his whip—“By gad I'll do it!”
See how the sand in the islands and on the riverbank is cracking!
The cracking quality was excellent, the kernels large and highly attractive, the quality good, and the flavor mild.
They stood listening as before; but not to hear any cracking of carbines.
The cracking of revolvers was incessant, and a light smoke hung over the conflict.
"split, opening," 14c., from crack (v.). Meaning "try, attempt" first attested 1836, probably a hunting metaphor, from slang sense of "fire a gun." Meaning "rock cocaine" is first attested 1985. The superstition that it is bad luck to step on sidewalk cracks has been traced to c.1890. Adjectival meaning in "top-notch, superior" is slang from 1793 (e.g. a crack shot).
The process of breaking down complex chemical compounds by heating them. Sometimes a catalyst is added to lower the amount of heat needed for the reaction. Cracking is used especially for breaking petroleum molecules into shorter molecules and to extract low-boiling fractions, such as gasoline, from petroleum. See also hydrocracking.
Excellent; first-rate: a cracking meal
Very: a cracking good meal
: Ragging, bagging, snapping, and cracking, these are all word games teens use as a way of competing with one another (1990s+ Teenagers) (1830+)
[all senses are ultimately echoic; narcotics sense fr the sound of breaking crystals or the cracking sound the crystals make when smoked]