- (in craps) a losing throw, in which the total on the two dice is 2, 3, or 12.
- crap out,
- Also called seven out.(in the game of craps) to throw a 7 rather than make one's point.
- Slang.to abandon a project, activity, etc., because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, etc.
- Slang.to break a promise or fail to fulfill a duty or obligation; renege.
Origin of crap2
- US slang to make a losing throw in craps
- US slang to fail; withdraw
- US slang to rest
- slang to fail to do or attempt something through fear
- a losing throw in the game of craps
- another name for craps
- another word for faeces
- (intr) another word for defecate
Word Origin and History for crap out
"defecate," 1846, from one of a cluster of words generally applied to things cast off or discarded (e.g. "weeds growing among corn" (early 15c.), "residue from renderings" (late 15c.), underworld slang for "money" (18c.), and in Shropshire, "dregs of beer or ale"), all probably from Middle English crappe "grain that was trodden underfoot in a barn, chaff" (mid-15c.), from Middle French crape "siftings," from Old French crappe, from Medieval Latin crappa, crapinum "chaff." Related: Crapped; crapping.
Despite folk etymology insistence, not from Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) who was, however, a busy plumber and may have had some minor role in the development of modern toilets. The name Crapper is a northern form of Cropper (attested from 1221), an occupational surname, obviously, but the exact reference is unclear.
"act of defecation," 1898; see crap (v.). Sense of "rubbish, nonsense" also first recorded 1898.
Idioms and Phrases with crap out
Back down, quit, When it got to the point of putting up some money, Jack crapped out. This expression originated in the game of craps, where it means to make a first throw (of the dice) of two, three, or twelve, thereby losing. [Slang; 1920s]
Go to sleep. This usage was military slang for sleeping during work hours or during a crap game. [Slang; c. 1940]
Die, as in He's really sick; he could crap out any time. This usage is less common than def. 1 or def. 2. [Slang; 1920s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with crap
- crap around
- crap out
- crap up
- cut the comedy (crap)
- full of crap