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.
Since its debut in 2002, the profitable franchise has cranked out 25 seasons.
The calculus of horror has been cranked up following the state-led massacres of several hundred Islamists over the summer.
Solomon Jones, the driver, cranked the Cadillac to get it warmed up.
A carbureter too large will only waste fuel, even after the engine has been cranked up so it will start.
The other end is then cranked, as shown at B, but shorter than the arm C.
I exclaimed as I cranked the machine, But something was wrong with the curst gasoline.
One cranked the motor, then both clambered to the seat in front, laughing.
Helen munched them as she cranked the telephone and listened for an answer from the operator in the nearest town.
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]