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]
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- crack a book,
- crack a bottle,
- crack a smile,
- crack down,
- crack of dawn,
- crack of doom,
- crack on
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