verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail in high winds under sails that would normally be furled.
- (of a power vessel) to advance at full speed in heavy weather.
- to suffer a mental or emotional breakdown.
- to crash, as in an automobile or airplane: He skidded into the telephone pole and cracked up.
- to wreck an automobile, airplane, or other vehicle.
- to laugh or to cause to laugh unrestrainedly: That story about the revolving door really cracked me up. Ed cracked up, too, when he heard it.
- crack a book,
- crack a bottle,
- crack a joke,
- crack a smile,
- crack down
- to begin moving or working; start: Let's get cracking on these dirty dishes!
- to work or move more quickly.
Origin of crack
Examples from the Web for crack
“The crack baby myth is being recapitulated in terms of NAS,” Sunderlin said.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences|Emily Shire|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, nobody could have foreseen that the floor would begin to crack.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The door opened a crack and for a second I was tempted to give in again.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his voice never seems to crack or weaken, and he's always in motion—jiggling, aerobic walking, jumping, dancing.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession|Pauline Kael|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because they agree that Ty Burrell looks like Jon Hamm if Jon Hamm were a crack addict?
Then came a crack below them, and an instant later the cellar stairs collapsed, carrying them with it.The Rover Boys on the Farm|Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
I was with him several times that month and I never saw him crack a smile.Athalie|Robert W. Chambers
It had not been a pleasant moment for him, that moment when he had looked through the crack of the door and recognized Ste. Marie.Jason|Justus Miles Forman
At night similar noises were also heard; otherwise the ice was quiet, and the crack on the port-side has closed up tight again.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
When you and my old woman get together to have a crack, as the saying is, you don't know how time passes.Probable Sons|Amy LeFeuvre
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
Old English cracian "make a sharp noise," from Proto-Germanic *krakojan (cf. Middle Dutch craken, Dutch kraken, German krachen), probably imitative. Related: Cracked; cracking. To crack a smile is from 1840s; to crack the whip in the figurative sense is from 1940s.
"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).
In addition to the idioms beginning with crack
- crack a book
- crack a bottle
- crack a joke
- crack a smile
- crack down
- cracked up
- crack of dawn
- crack the whip
- crack up
- by jove (cracky)
- fall between the cracks
- get cracking
- hard nut to crack
- have a crack at
- make a crack
- not all it's cracked up to be
- paper over (the cracks)