crack a joke

Make a joke, say something humorous, as in You can count on Grandpa to crack a joke on every occasion. This expression uses the verb to crack in the now obsolete sense of “briskly pronounce” or “boast.” [Early 1700s]


Nearby words

  1. crabwood,
  2. crac,
  3. crack,
  4. crack a book,
  5. crack a bottle,
  6. crack a smile,
  7. crack down,
  8. crack of dawn,
  9. crack of doom,
  10. crack on

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