Cracker Jack Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cracker-jack

Historical Examples of cracker-jack

  • "You're a Cracker-Jack," was all he said, and closed the door behind him.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I hope you will consent to do this new piece; it is a cracker-jack.

    The Light of the Star

    Hamlin Garland

  • Besides, there's no telling what cracker-jack chances we may strike for pictures.

  • Did you hear thet Boston banker what bought the Cracker-jack from us a-hollerin'?

    Old Gorgon Graham

    George Horace Lorimer

  • Well, it's a regular Jim-dandy cracker-jack—some swell clump, eh?

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

Word Origin and History for cracker-jack

also crackerjack, "something excellent," 1895, U.S. colloquialism, apparently a fanciful construction. The caramel-coated popcorn-and-peanuts confection was said to have been introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition (1893). Supposedly a salesman gave it the name when he tasted some and said, "That's a cracker-jack," using the then-popular expression. The name was trademarked 1896. The "Prize in Every Box" was introduced 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper