- crack1 S3 [kræk] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(break)¦2¦(sound)¦3¦(hit)¦4¦(not be able to continue)¦5¦(voice)¦6¦(solve/understand)¦7¦(stop somebody)¦8¦(open a safe)¦9¦(computer)¦10 crack it11 crack a joke12 crack open a bottle13 get cracking14 crack the whip15 something is not all/everything it's cracked up to bePhrasal verbscrack downcrack into somethingcrack oncrack up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: cracian]1.) ¦(BREAK)¦ [I and T]to break or to make something break, either so that it gets lines on its surface, or so that it breaks into pieces▪ Don't put boiling water in the glass or it will crack.▪ Concrete is liable to crack in very cold weather.▪ He picked up a piece of rock and cracked it in half.▪ She fell and cracked a bone in her leg.▪ He cracked a couple of eggs into a pan.2.) ¦(SOUND)¦ [I and T]to make a quick loud sound like the sound of something breaking, or to make something do this▪ Thunder cracked overhead.▪ He cracked his whip and galloped off.▪ Dennis rubbed his hands together and cracked his knuckles .3.) ¦(HIT)¦ [T]to hit someone or something hardcrack sth on sth▪ I slipped and cracked my head on the door.▪ She cracked him over the head with a hammer.4.) ¦(NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE)¦to be unable to continue doing something because there is too much pressure and you do not have the mental strength to continuecrack under▪ Some young executives crack under the pressure of having to meet tough sales targets every month.▪ He cracked under interrogation and confessed.5.) ¦(VOICE)¦ [I]if your voice cracks, it starts to sound different because you are feeling strong emotions▪ His voice cracked slightly as he tried to explain.6.) ¦(SOLVE/UNDERSTAND)¦ [T]to find the answer to a problem or manage to understand something that is difficult to understand= ↑solve▪ I think we've cracked the problem of the computer crashing all the time.▪ It took them nearly two months to crack the code .▪ This new evidence could help detectives to crack the case .7.) ¦(STOP SOMEBODY)¦ [T] [i]informalto stop a person from being successful▪ His political enemies have never managed to crack him.8.) ¦(OPEN A SAFE)¦ [T]to open a ↑safe illegally in order to steal the things inside it9.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [T]to illegally copy computer software or change free software which may lack certain features of the full ↑version, so that the free software works in the same way as the full version▪ You can find out how to crack any kind of software on the web.10.) crack itBrE informal to manage to do something successfully▪ I think we've cracked it!▪ He seems to have got it cracked .11.) crack a joke informalto tell a joke▪ He kept cracking jokes about my appearance.12.) crack open a bottleBrE informal to open a bottle of alcohol for drinking▪ We cracked open a few bottles.13.) get cracking informalto start doing something or going somewhere quickly▪ I think we need to get cracking if we're going to catch this train.14.) crack the whip informalto make people work very hard15.) sth is not all/everything it's cracked up to be informalused to say that something is not as good as people say it is▪ I thought the film was OK, but it's not all it's cracked up to be.crack down phr vto become more strict in dealing with a problem and punishing the people involvedcrack down on▪ The government is determined to crack down on terrorism.▪ The police are cracking down hard on violent crime.crack into [crack into sth] phr vto secretly enter someone else's computer system, especially in order to damage the system or steal the information stored on it→↑hack▪ A teenager was accused of cracking into the company's network.crack on phr vto continue working hard at something in order to finish itcrack on with▪ I need to crack on with my project work this weekend.crack up phr v1.) crack (sb) upto laugh a lot at something, or to make someone laugh a lot▪ Everyone in the class just cracked up.▪ She's so funny. She cracks me up.2.) to become unable to think or behave sensibly because you have too many problems or too much work▪ I was beginning to think I was cracking up!crack 2crack2 n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(gap)¦2¦(break)¦3¦(weakness)¦4¦(sound)¦5¦(joke)¦6¦(attempt)¦7¦(drug)¦8¦(body)¦9 a crack on the head10 a crack in somebody's voice11 the crack of dawn12¦(computer)¦13 a fair crack of the whip▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(GAP)¦a very narrow space between two things or two parts of somethingcrack between▪ He squeezed into a crack between two rocks.crack in▪ He could see them through a crack in the door.▪ She opened the door a crack and peeped into the room.2.) ¦(BREAK)¦a thin line on the surface of something when it is broken but has not actually come apartcrack in▪ There were several small cracks in the glass.3.) ¦(WEAKNESS)¦a weakness or fault in an idea, system, or organizationcrack in▪ The cracks in their relationship were starting to show.▪ The first cracks are beginning to appear in the economic policy.4.) ¦(SOUND)¦a sudden loud sound like the sound of a stick being brokenloud/sharp crack▪ There was a sharp crack as the branch broke off.crack of▪ We could hear the crack of gunfire in the distance.▪ a crack of thunder5.) ¦(JOKE)¦ informala clever joke or rude remarkcrack about▪ I didn't like his crack about her being overweight.▪ He's always making cracks about how stupid I am.6.) ¦(ATTEMPT)¦ informalan attempt to do something= ↑shot crack at▪ I'd like a crack at climbing that mountain.▪ The competition's open to anyone - why don't you have a crack ?7.) ¦(DRUG)¦[U]an illegal drug that some people take for pleasure▪ crack addicts8.) ¦(BODY)¦ informalthe space between someone's ↑buttocks9.) a crack on the heada hard hit on the head▪ You've had a nasty crack on the head and you need to rest.10.) a crack in sb's voicea change in someone's voice because they are feeling very upset▪ He noticed the crack in her voice as she tried to continue.11.) the crack of dawnvery early in the morningat the crack of dawn▪ We were up at the crack of dawn.12.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦a piece of information or computer ↑code that lets you illegally change free software which may lack certain features of the full ↑version, so that the free software works in the same way as the full version13.) a fair crack of the whipBrE informal the same chance as other people to do something▪ They feel they haven't been given a fair crack of the whip .crack 3crack3 adj [only before noun]1.) with a lot of experience and skill▪ crack troops▪ a crack regiment▪ a crack sportsman2.) crack shotsomeone who is able to shoot a weapon very well and hit the thing they are aiming at
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.