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.
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Idioms for crack
- to begin moving or working; start: Let's get cracking on these dirty dishes!
- to work or move more quickly.
Origin of crack
OTHER WORDS FROM crackcrack·a·ble, adjectivecrackless, adjective
Words nearby crack
Example sentences from the Web for crack
It began a crack down on the conspiracy group in July, when it banned thousands of accounts that had been spreading baseless BS which Twitter said had “the potential to lead to offline harm”.Twitter tightens account security for political candidates ahead of US election|Natasha Lomas|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
It also introduced rules meant to crack down on the spread of misinformation through these more private networks.Facebook tries to clean up Groups with new policies|Sarah Perez|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
The separation of phenomena by length, as quantified by the renormalization group, has allowed scientists to move gradually from big to small over the centuries, rather than cracking all scales at once.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
By midmonth, the state had recorded possibly the hottest temperature ever measured on earth — 130 degrees in Death Valley — and an otherworldly storm of lightning had cracked open the sky.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
So in order to crack the live-streaming commerce market in the west, he said there had to be a strong, trusted point of view to stand out.‘Our goal is to become a massive marketplace’: NTWRK is bringing livestream commerce to a younger generation|Kayleigh Barber|September 14, 2020|Digiday
We see a system that will indict a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen.
“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
The night before he bought a lot of crack-cocaine on credit with no way to pay, intending to kill himself after smoking.
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
This was a hard nut to crack, if his past were not to be ruthlessly severed from Angel's by a word.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
There was no fight in his men; they ran like a pack of frightened coyotes at the first crack of a gun.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Here, said Toby, as the young Jew placed some fragments of food and a bottle upon the table, Success to the crack!Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
There is always something doing there, and I opened the door a crack to hear what was under discussion.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Should the coating crack at the knee or elbow joints, it is merely necessary to retouch it slightly at those places.
British Dictionary definitions for crack
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
Idioms and Phrases with 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
- 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)