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
Example sentences from the Web for crack
There are times when economies are booming, but people continue to fall through the cracks.
What humans choose to do with this shapeless primordial stuff leaking through the cracks can often be almost comical.
We need to strike a balance between creating false alarms and letting any urgent medical matters fall through the cracks.
Yet as mindfulness grows into big business, the cracks are beginning to show.
But the accent is just as clearly Trinidadian as he cracks jokes about a severed head he holds by the hair in his right hand.
Apply it warm with a turpentine brush—two or three coats, to cover the cracks or pores left by the brush.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
The rim of this opposite slope was high, rugged, iron-colored, with cracks and holes.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
As I write, nearing midnight, the bookcase behind me cracks.The Best Ghost Stories|Various
It was dully red, with its surface all cracks and fissures as the result of the water poured onto it.The King of Diamonds|Louis Tracy
I arose, and felt with my fingers for the seams or cracks of the aperture.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
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)