Origin of cracking
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.
- to begin moving or working; start: Let's get cracking on these dirty dishes!
- to work or move more quickly.
Origin of crack
Related Words for crackingchop, splinter, crash, injure, burst, damage, pop, hurt, explode, split, fracture, snap, collapse, flip, whack, slap, break, solve, rive, impair
Examples from the Web for cracking
Contemporary Examples of cracking
The Communist Party of China gets a bad rap for cracking down on religion.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
Protestors say the president is cracking down on free speech.Turkey Arrests Journalists in Crackdown
December 14, 2014
It was a street-sweep, and violence had broken out, and the government was cracking down.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre
November 9, 2014
When is that special Benghazi committee in the House of Representatives going to get cracking, you may have wondered?Hey, Benghazi-Heads, You Stand Down!
July 14, 2014
Since then, the police in Tokyo have been cracking down on nightlife in the city, and several nightclubs in the area have closed.The Japanese Go All ‘Footloose’ to Protest Nightlife Crackdown
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
May 1, 2014
Historical Examples of cracking
I hope the cracking and crunching of nuts doesn't disturb you much?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Who art thou that talkest so freely of cracking the head of Arthur a Bland?The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
They were cracking in their skins, the blessed gormandizers!L'Assommoir
Cracking some nuts and munching them, the Governor began to take another tone.The Manxman
There was a cracking and rending of timbers, and the water rushed in.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
"excellent," colloquial from 1830s, from present participle of crack (v.).
"split, opening," 14c., from crack (v.). Meaning "try, attempt" first attested 1836, probably a hunting metaphor, from slang sense of "fire a gun." Meaning "rock cocaine" is first attested 1985. The superstition that it is bad luck to step on sidewalk cracks has been traced to c.1890. Adjectival meaning in "top-notch, superior" is slang from 1793 (e.g. a crack shot).
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)