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Past participle: cracked

to paper over the cracks (fig) → disimular las grietas

I opened the door a crack → abrí un poquito la puerta

to get a fair crack of the whip → tener la oportunidad de demostrar lo que vale

to give sb a fair crack of the whip → dar la oportunidad a algn de demostrar lo que vale

he got a nasty crack on the head → se llevó un buen golpe en la cabeza

to have or take a crack at sth → intentar algo

he was anxious to have the first crack at it → estaba deseoso de ser el primero en intentarlo

he made a silly crack about our new car → hizo un chiste tonto sobre nuestro coche nuevo

8. at the crack of dawn → al romper el alba

I’m not getting up at the crack of dawn! > → ¡no me voy a levantar con el canto del gallo!

to crack sb’s resolve → hacerle perder la determinación a algn

to crack (open) a bottle > → abrir una botella

he fell and cracked his head on the pavement → se cayó y se golpeó la cabeza con la acera

to crack the whip → apretarle a algn las clavijas

the police think they’ve cracked it → la policía cree haberlo resuelto

I thought his nerve would crack → creía que iba a perder el valor

you’d better get cracking → más te vale poner manos a la obra

I promised to get cracking on or with the decorating → le prometí que empezaría a pintar inmediatamente

crack house N (Drugs) lugar donde se vende crack or cocaína dura

B. VT + ADV the film’s not all it’s cracked up to be → la película no es tan buena como se dice

he’s not all he’s cracked up to be → no es tan maravilloso como lo pintan

to paper over the cracks (mainly British) (= hide problems) → masquer les problèmes

the crack of a whip → le claquement d’un fouet

to give sb a fair crack of the whip (British) → donner sa chance à qn

They complained they did not get a fair crack of the whip → Ils se sont plaints parce qu’on ne leur a pas donné leur chance.

(= attempt) to have a crack → essayer

to have a crack at sth [+ championship, title] → essayer de remporter qch

I’ll have a crack at it → Je vais faire une tentative.

to crack under sth [+ pressure, strain] → craquer sous qch

it’s not all it’s cracked up to be → ce n’est pas aussi bien qu’on le dit crack cocaine crack-cocaine n → crack m

through the crack in the door (slight opening) → dalla fessura della porta

at the crack of dawn → alle prime luci dell’alba

to crack one’s skull → spaccarsi la testa

to crack sb over the head → dare un colpo in testa a qn

b. (cause to sound, whip, finger joints) → (far) schioccare

to crack under the strain (person) → non reggere alla tensione

to get cracking (fam) → darsi una mossa

I must be cracking up! (hum) → sto dando i numeri!

A crack in the ground.

  1. An example of crack is the sound of a bone breaking.
  2. An example of crack is a split in the ground after an earthquake.

An example of crack is what former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry was caught smoking.

  1. An example of crack is striking a whip on the ground.
  2. An example of crack is a line in the cement patio.

MLA Style

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APA Style

crack. (n.d.). Retrieved May 08th, 2018, from http://www.yourdictionary.com/crack

  1. to make a sudden, sharp noise, as of something breaking
  2. to break or split, usually without complete separation of parts
    1. to become harsh or rasping, as the voice when hoarse
    2. to change suddenly from one register to another, as the voice of a boy in adolescence
  3. Informal to move with speed: now chiefly in phrase get cracking , to start moving with dispatch
  4. Informal to break down: to crack under a strain

Origin of crack

Middle English craken from Old English cracian, to resound, akin to German krachen from Indo-European base an unverified form ger-: see crow

  1. to cause to make a sharp, sudden noise
  2. to cause to break or split, as by a sharp blow or by heavy pressure, intense heat, etc.
  3. to destroy or impair: to crack all opposition
  4. to cause (the voice) to crack
  5. to subject (as petroleum) to the process of cracking
  6. to hit or strike with a sudden, sharp blow or impact
  7. to break through the difficulties of; manage to solve: to crack a secret code
  8. Informal to manage to gain entrance or acceptance in
  9. Informal
    1. to break open or into; force open: to crack a safe
    2. to open and consume the contents: to crack a bottle
    3. to open and read or study: to crack a book
    4. to open slightly (a door, window, etc.)
  10. Slang to make (a joke)
  1. a sudden, sharp noise, as of something breaking: the crack of a whip
    1. a break, usually without complete separation of parts; fracture
    2. a slight defect; flaw: cracks in his composure
  2. a narrow opening, as between boards; chink; fissure; crevice
  3. an abrupt, erratic shift of vocal tone, as from emotion or in adolescence
  4. a moment; instant: at the crack of dawn
  5. a sudden, sharp blow or impact
  6. Informal an attempt or try: to take a crack at working a puzzle
  7. Slang a joke, gibe, or sharp remark
  8. Slang a burglar or burglary

cracked up to be

  1. to crash, as (in) an airplane
  2. Informal
    1. to break down physically or mentally
    2. to break into a fit of laughter or tears

fall between the cracks

Origin of crack

so called probably from cracking the baked substance into pieces, or from the cracking or crackling sound it makes when smoked

MLA Style

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APA Style

crack. (n.d.). Retrieved May 08th, 2018, from http://www.yourdictionary.com/crack

cracked, crack·ing, cracks

Origin of crack

Middle English craken from Old English cracian ; see gerə- 2 in Indo-European roots.

MLA Style

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crack. (n.d.). Retrieved May 08th, 2018, from http://www.yourdictionary.com/crack

(third-person singular simple present cracks, present participle cracking, simple past and past participle cracked)

  1. ​(intransitive) To form cracks. It’s been so dry, the ground is starting to crack.
  2. (intransitive) To break apart under pressure. When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked.
  3. (intransitive) To become debilitated by psychological pressure. Anyone would crack after being hounded like that.
  4. (intransitive) To yield under interrogation. When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked.
  5. (intransitive) To make a cracking sound. The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
  6. (intransitive, of a voice) To change rapidly in register. His voice cracked with emotion.
  7. (intransitive, of a pubescent boy’s voice) To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering. His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.
  8. (intransitive) To make a sharply humorous comment. «I would too, with a face like that,» she cracked.
  9. To make a crack or cracks in. The ball cracked the window.
  10. To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress. You’ll need a hammer to crack a black walnut.
  11. To strike forcefully. She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
  12. To open slightly. Could you please crack the window?
  13. To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative) They managed to crack him on the third day.
  14. To solve a difficult problem. (Figurative, from cracking a nut.) I’ve finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
  15. To overcome a security system or a component. It took a minute to crack the lock, three minutes to crack the security system, and about twenty minutes to crack the safe.They finally cracked the code.
  16. To cause to make a sharp sound. to crack a whip
  17. To tell (a joke). The performance was fine until he cracked that dead baby joke.
  18. (chemistry, informal) To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse. Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700 °C.
  19. (computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits. That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can crack it.
  20. (informal) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food. I’d love to crack open a beer.
  21. Shakespeare Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack.
  22. (archaic, colloquial) To be ruined or impaired; to fail.
  1. ​A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material. A large crack had formed in the roadway.
  2. A narrow opening. We managed to squeeze through a crack in the rock wall.Open the door a crack.
  3. A sharply humorous comment; a wisecrack. I didn’t appreciate that crack about my hairstyle.
  4. A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
  5. (onomatopoeia) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks. The crack of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
  6. (onomatopoeia) Any sharp sound. The crack of the bat hitting the ball.
  7. (informal) An attempt at something. I’d like to take a crack at that game.
  8. (vulgar, slang) vagina. I’m so horny even the crack of dawn isn’t safe!
  9. (vulgar) The space between the buttocks. Pull up your pants! Your crack is showing.
  10. (Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Conviviality; fun; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company. The crack was good.That was good crack.He/she is quare good crack.The party was great crack.
  11. (Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Business/events/news What’s the crack?
  12. (computing) A program or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software. Has anyone got a crack for DocumentWriter 3.0?
  13. (Cumbrian, elsewhere throughout the North of the UK) a meaningful chat.
  14. (Internet slang) Extremely silly, absurd or off-the-wall ideas or prose.
  15. The tone of voice when changed at puberty.
  16. (archaic) A mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity. He has a crack.
  17. (archaic) A crazy or crack-brained person.
  18. Shakespeare vainglorious cracks
  19. (slang, dated, UK) A brief time; an instant; a jiffy. I’ll be with you in a crack.

From Middle English crakken, craken, from Old English cracian (“to resound, crack”), from Proto-Germanic *krakōną (“to crack, crackle, shriek”), from Proto-Indo-European *gArg-, *grā- (“to crow, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to resound, cry hoarsely”). Cognate with Scots crak (“to crack”), West Frisian kreakje (“to crack”), Dutch kraken (“to crunch, creak, squeak”), Low German kraken (“to crack”), German krachen (“to crash, crack, creak”), Lithuanian gìrgžděti (“to creak, squeak”), Old Armenian կարկաչ (karkačʿ), Sanskrit [script?] (garjati, “to roar, hum”).

  1. Highly trained and competent. Even a crack team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.
  2. Excellent, first-rate, superior, top-notch. She’s a crack shot with that rifle.


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