- (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.
Idioms about 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
How to use crack in a sentence
There are times when economies are booming, but people continue to fall through the cracks.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain|Rich Goldstein|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seeps up into the city from below, through even the smallest cracks and drains.
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.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet as mindfulness grows into big business, the cracks are beginning to show.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?|Jay Michaelson|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The worst of all, however, is the hammering when the cracks in the deck are being repaired and filled up with pitch.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
It seemed to the children that the sky would split, so sharp were the cracks of thunder.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
When the leaf is ripe, it gets yellow spots on it; and on bending the leaf it cracks.
Cold cream is a useful local application to hard and dry parts of the skin, to abrasions and cracks.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Water was beginning to flow over the ice through numerous cracks, and as the day advanced, many openings had to be avoided.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for crack
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
Other 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)