crap

2
[krap]

noun

(in craps) a losing throw, in which the total on the two dice is 2, 3, or 12.

Verb Phrases past and past participle crapped, present participle crap·ping.

crap out,
  1. Also called seven out.(in the game of craps) to throw a 7 rather than make one's point.
  2. Slang.to abandon a project, activity, etc., because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, etc.
  3. Slang.to break a promise or fail to fulfill a duty or obligation; renege.

Nearby words

  1. crannog,
  2. cranny,
  3. cranreuch,
  4. cranston,
  5. cranwell,
  6. crap around,
  7. crap out,
  8. crap up,
  9. crapaud,
  10. crape

Origin of crap

2
1835–45, Americanism; back formation from craps

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British Dictionary definitions for crap out

crap out

verb (intr, adverb)

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

crap

1

noun

a losing throw in the game of craps
another name for craps

Word Origin for crap

C20: back formation from craps

crap

2

noun

nonsense
rubbish
another word for faeces

verb craps, crapping or crapped

(intr) another word for defecate

Word Origin for crap

C15 crappe chaff, from Middle Dutch, probably from crappen to break off

usage

This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

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Word Origin and History for crap out
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Idioms and Phrases with crap out

crap out

1

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]

2

Go to sleep. This usage was military slang for sleeping during work hours or during a crap game. [Slang; c. 1940]

3

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]

crap

In addition to the idioms beginning with crap

  • crap around
  • crap out
  • crap up

also see:

  • cut the comedy (crap)
  • full of crap
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