The man who made a bundle selling car alarms is about to crank up the volume on the Obama White House.
Time for the GOP to listen to Ryan and crank up the ideas machine.
Just nominate someone who can crank up the “white community,” and problems solved.
I had strength enough left to get out and crank up, then, but none to spare.
He's waiting outside by the car ready to crank up when I give the word.
Sit down, and Mr. Halliday will crank up—or whatever you call it.
When she had scoured her plate and licked her spoon with a child-like charm her father began to crank up his throat for a tirade.
Just then Henry indulged in his little habit of stopping altogether, and Zebedee had to get out and crank up.
Ill drift down the river a bit before I crank up, spoke Tom.
The two scoundrels got into the car, Whipple pausing first to crank up the engine.
Old English *cranc, implied in crancstæf "a weaver's instrument," crencestre "female weaver, spinster," from Proto-Germanic base *krank-, and related to crincan "to bend, yield" (see crinkle, cringe). English retains the literal sense of the ancient root, while German and Dutch krank "sick," formerly "weak, small," is a figurative use.
The sense of "an eccentric person," especially one who is irrationally fixated, is first recorded 1833, said to be from the crank of a barrel organ, which makes it play the same tune over and over; but more likely a back-formation from cranky (q.v.). Meaning "methamphetamine" attested by 1989.
1590s, "to zig-zag," from crank (n.). Meaning "to turn a crank" is first attested 1908, with reference to automobile engines. Related: Cranked; cranking.
[perhaps fr the crank of a barrel organ, by which one can play the same tune over and over again; applied by Donn Piatt to the publisher Horace Greeley]