As Madonna cranked up, models represented her aesthetic journey from Boy Toy to Voguing dancer.
There are times in Paris, as in other cities, when earphones are cranked up so loud they fill the car with unwanted melodies.
The calculus of horror has been cranked up following the state-led massacres of several hundred Islamists over the summer.
It took me a long time to really get it cranked up, but now I am.
Driving the point home, Bachmann cranked up the indignation.
A carbureter too large will only waste fuel, even after the engine has been cranked up so it will start.
Savagely he cranked up his engine and jumped into the driving-seat.
He cranked up the piano once more and I sprinted for the open.
And then they cranked up once more; and the journey was continued.
Then well take this one, and trust to luck not to have any trouble with the gang, decided Jerry, as he cranked up the car.
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]