Crack vs Kick - What's the difference?

crack | kick |


As nouns the difference between crack and kick

is that crack is (senseid)a thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material while kick is kick.

As a verb crack

is (senseid)to form cracks.

As an adjective crack

is highly trained and competent.

crack

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) crakken, craken, from (etyl) .

Verb

(en verb)
  • (senseid)To form cracks.
  • It's been so dry, the ground is starting to crack .
  • To break apart under pressure.
  • When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked .
  • To become debilitated by psychological pressure.
  • Anyone would crack after being hounded like that.
  • To break down or yield, especially under interrogation or torture.
  • When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked .
  • To make a cracking sound.
  • The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
  • (of a voice) To change rapidly in register.
  • His voice cracked with emotion.
  • (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.
  • To make a sharply humorous comment.
  • "I would too, with a face like that," she cracked .
  • To make a crack or cracks in.
  • The ball cracked the window.
  • To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.
  • You'll need a hammer to crack a black walnut.
  • To strike forcefully.
  • She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
  • To open slightly.
  • Could you please crack the window?
  • To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative )
  • They managed to crack him on the third day.
  • To solve a difficult problem.
  • I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
  • 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.
  • To cause to make a sharp sound.
  • to crack a whip
  • * 2001 , Doug McGuinn, The Apple Indians
  • Hershell cracked his knuckles, a nervous habit that drove Inez crazy
  • To tell (a joke).
  • The performance was fine until he cracked that dead baby joke.
  • (transitive, 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.
  • (computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.
  • That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can crack it.
  • (informal) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.
  • I'd love to crack open a beer .
  • (obsolete) To brag, boast.
  • *, II.4.1.v:
  • Cardan cracks that he can cure all diseases with water alone, as Hippocrates of old did most infirmities with one medicine.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack .
  • (archaic, colloquial) To be ruined or impaired; to fail.
  • * Dryden
  • The creditof exchequers cracks , when little comes in and much goes out.
    Derived terms
    * bumcrack * crack a crib * crack a fat * crack baby * crack down * cracked * cracker * crack house * crack kills * crack of dawn * crack on * crack seed * crack up * crack whore * fall between the cracks * difficult nut to crack * hard nut to crack * tough nut to crack * what's the crack * wisecrack

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (senseid)A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.
  • A large crack had formed in the roadway.
  • A narrow opening.
  • We managed to squeeze through a crack in the rock wall.
    Open the door a crack .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 25 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Blackpool 2 - 3 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Dimitar Berbatov found the first cracks in the home side's resilience when he pulled one back from close range and Hernandez himself drew the visitors level with a composed finish three minutes later as Bloomfield Road's earlier jubilation turned to despair. }}
  • A sharply humorous comment; a wisecrack.
  • I didn't appreciate that crack about my hairstyle.
  • A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • I wouldn't use it, if I was going to use it I can afford real cocaine. Crack is wack.
  • (onomatopoeia) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.
  • The crack of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
  • (onomatopoeia) Any sharp sound.
  • The crack of the bat hitting the ball.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=June 28 , author=Piers Newbery , title=Wimbledon 2011: Sabine Lisicki beats Marion Bartoli , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=She broke to love in the opening game, only for Bartoli to hit straight back in game two, which was interrupted by a huge crack of thunder that made Lisicki jump and prompted nervous laughter from the 15,000 spectators.}}
  • (informal) An attempt at something.
  • I'd like to take a crack at that game.
  • (vulgar, slang) vagina.
  • I'm so horny even the crack of dawn isn't safe!
  • (vulgar) The space between the buttocks.
  • Pull up your pants! Your crack is showing.
  • (Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Conviviality; fun; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.
  • * 2001 , William F. Gray, The Villain , iUniverse, p. 214:
  • Being a native of Northumberland, she was enjoying their banter and Geordie good humour. This was what she needed — good company and good crack .
  • * 2004 , Bill Griffiths, Dictionary of North East Dialect , Northumbria University Press (quoting Dunn, 1950)
  • "his a bit o' good crack — interesting to talk to"
  • * 2006 , Patrick McCabe, Winterwood , Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
  • By the time we've got a good drunk on us there'll be more crack in this valley than the night I pissed on the electric fence!
    The crack was good.
    That was good crack .
    He/she is quare good crack .
    The party was great crack .
  • (Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Business/events/news
  • What's the crack ?
  • (computing) A program or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.
  • Has anyone got a crack for DocumentWriter 3.0?
  • (Cumbria, elsewhere throughout the North of the UK) a meaningful chat.
  • (Internet slang) Extremely silly, absurd or off-the-wall ideas or prose.
  • The tone of voice when changed at puberty.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Though now our voices / Have got the mannish crack .
  • (archaic) A mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity.
  • He has a crack .
  • (archaic) A crazy or crack-brained person.
  • * Addison
  • I can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector.
  • (obsolete) A boast; boasting.
  • * Burton
  • crack and brags
  • * Shakespeare
  • vainglorious cracks
  • (obsolete) Breach of chastity.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) A boy, generally a pert, lively boy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • - 'Tis a noble child.
    - A crack , madam.
  • (slang, dated, UK) A brief time; an instant; a jiffy.
  • I'll be with you in a crack .
    Usage notes
    * In the last few decades the word has been adopted into Gaelic; as there is no "k" in the Irish language the spelling (craic) has been devised.
    Synonyms
    * bum crack (UK), arse crack (UK), ass crack (US) * (cocaine that is heat-altered at the moment of inhalation) crack cocaine

    Etymology 2

    1793 slang, of origin

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Highly trained and competent.
  • Even a crack team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.
  • Excellent, first-rate, superior, top-notch.
  • She's a crack shot with that rifle.
    Derived terms
    * crack train * crack troops

    kick

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . See (l).

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To strike or hit with the foot or other extremity of the leg.
  • Did you kick your brother?
  • * 1877 , , Chapter 1: My Early Home,
  • Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.
  • * 1895 , , Chapter XII: Friends and Foes,
  • I was cuffed by the women and kicked by the men because I would not swallow it.
  • * 1905 , , Chapter 6,
  • A punt is made by letting the ball drop from the hands and kicking it just before it touches the ground.
  • * 1919 , , The Teacher: concerning Kate Swift,
  • Will Henderson, who had on a light overcoat and no overshoes, kicked the heel of his left foot with the toe of the right.
  • To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something.
  • He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline kick .
  • * 1904 , , Chapter II: Rope Jumping, and What Followed,
  • "If you did that, I'd kick'," answered Freddie, and began to ' kick real hard into the air.
  • To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg.
  • Kick the ball into the goal.
  • * 1905 , , Chapter 7,
  • Sometimes he can kick' the ball forward along the ground until it is ' kicked in goal, where he can fall on it for a touchdown.
  • To eject summarily.
  • * 1936 October,
  • "He's been mad at me ever since I fired him off'n my payroll. After I kicked him off'n my ranch he run for sheriff, and the night of the election everybody was so drunk they voted for him by mistake, or for a joke, or somethin', and since he's been in office he's been lettin' the sheepmen steal me right out of house and home."
  • * 1976 February 3, ,
  • They are the ones who give hobbyists a bad name, and should be kicked out of any club meeting they show up at.
  • (Internet) To remove a participant from an online activity.
  • He was kicked by ChanServ for flooding.
  • (slang) To overcome (a bothersome or difficult issue or obstacle); to free onself of (a problem).
  • By taking that medication, he managed to get his triggered phobia of heights kicked .
    I still smoke, but they keep telling me to kick the habit.
  • To move or push suddenly and violently.
  • He was kicked sideways by the force of the blast.
  • * 2011 , Tom Andry, Bob Moore: No Hero ,
  • The back of the car kicked out violently, forcing me to steer into the slide and accelerate in order to maintain control.
  • (of a firearm) To recoil; to push by recoiling.
  • * 2003 , Jennifer C. D. Groomes, The Falcon Project , page 174,
  • Lying on the ground, when fired, it kicked me back a foot. There was no way a person my size was going to be able to do an effective job with this gun.
  • * 2006 , Daniel D. Scherschel, Maple Grove , page 81,
  • I asked my sister Jeanette if she wanted to shoot the 12 ga. shotgun. She replied, "does it kick "?
    Descendants
    * German: (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A hit or strike with the leg or foot or knee.
  • A kick to the knee.
  • * 1890 , , Chapter VII: A Raid on the Stable-Beer Dives,
  • A kick of his boot-heel sent the door flying into the room.
  • * 2011 , Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15195384.stm]
  • Elsad Zverotic gave Montenegro hope with a goal with the last kick of the first half - and when Rooney was deservedly shown red by referee Wolfgang Stark, England were placed under pressure they could not survive.
  • The action of swinging a foot or leg.
  • The ballerina did a high kick and a leap.
  • (colloquial) Something that tickles the fancy; something fun or amusing.
  • I finally saw the show. What a kick !
    I think I sprained something on my latest exercise kick .
  • (Internet) The removal of a person from an online activity.
  • A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to kick.
  • (figuratively) Any bucking motion of an object that lacks legs or feet.
  • The car had a nasty kick the whole way.
    The pool ball took a wild kick , up off the table.
  • (uncountable, and, countable) piquancy
  • * 2002 , Ellen and Michael Albertson, Temptations , , ISBN 0743229800, page 124 [http://books.google.com/books?id=cITFVpz2ri8C&pg=PA124&dq=kick]:
  • Add a little cascabel pepper to ordinary tomato sauce to give it a kick .
  • * 2003 , Sheree Bykofsky and Megan Buckley, Sexy City Cocktails , , ISBN 1580629172, page 129 [http://books.google.com/books?id=GBO9qF3uXYUC&pg=PA129&dq=kick]:
  • For extra kick , hollow out a lime, float it on top of the drink, and fill it with tequila.
  • * 2007 August 27, , volume 83, Issues 22-28
  • The first time I saw "Deep Water," the trace of mystery in the Crowhurst affair gave the movie a kick of excitement.
  • A stimulation provided by an intoxicating substance.
  • (soccer) A pass played by kicking with the foot.
  • (soccer) The distance traveled by kicking the ball.
  • a long kick up the field.
  • a recoil of a gun.
  • (informal) pocket
  • An increase in speed in the final part of a running race.
  • (chess) To attack (a piece) in order to force it to move.
  • Descendants
    * German: (l)

    Derived terms

    * drop kick * for kicks * free kick * get a kick out of * on a kick * kick about * kick against the pricks * kick around * kick ass, kick butt * kick at the can * kick back * kickban (Internet) * kickboxing * kick the bucket * kickflip * kick in * kick in the pants * kick in the teeth * kick it * kick like a mule * kick off (pos v) * kick-off (pos n) * kick one's heels * kick out * kick over * kick over the traces * kick someone when they are down * kickstand * kick start * kick the can, kick-the-can * kick the can down the road * kick the habit * kick up * kick up the arse/kick up the ass/kick up the backside/kick up the butt * kick up one's heels * kick upstairs * kick wheel

    Etymology 2

    Shortening of (kick the bucket)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To die.
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