Nearby words

  1. crabs,
  2. crabstick,
  3. crabwise,
  4. crabwood,
  5. crac,
  6. crack a book,
  7. crack a bottle,
  8. crack a joke,
  9. crack a smile,
  10. crack down

Idioms

Origin of crack

before 1000; Middle English crak(k)en (v.), crak (noun), Old English cracian to resound; akin to German krachen, Dutch kraken (v.), and German Krach, Dutch krak (noun)

Related formscrack·a·ble, adjectivecrack·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for crack a book

crack

/ (kræk) /

verb

noun

adjective

(prenominal) slang first-class; excellenta crack shot

Word Origin for crack

Old English cracian; related to Old High German krahhōn, Dutch kraken, Sanskrit gárjati he roars

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Word Origin and History for crack a book
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Idioms and Phrases with crack a book

crack a book

Open a book to study or read, as in He passed the exam without cracking a book. This expression employs the verb to crack in the sense of “to open,” a slang usage that dates from the early 1700s. [Colloquial; c. 1930]

crack

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

also see:

  • 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)
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