From (etyl) crakken, craken, from (etyl) .
(senseid)To form cracks.
To break apart under pressure.
- It's been so dry, the ground is starting to crack .
To become debilitated by psychological pressure.
- When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked .
To break down or yield, especially under interrogation or torture.
- Anyone would crack after being hounded like that.
To make a cracking sound.
- When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked .
(of a voice) To change rapidly in register.
- The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
(of a pubescent boy's voice) To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering.
- His voice cracked with emotion.
To make a sharply humorous comment.
- His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.
To make a crack or cracks in.
- "I would too, with a face like that," she cracked .
To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.
- The ball cracked the window.
To strike forcefully.
- You'll need a hammer to crack a black walnut.
To open slightly.
- She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative )
- Could you please crack the window?
To solve a difficult problem.
- They managed to crack him on the third day.
To overcome a security system or a component.
- I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
- It took a minute to crack''' the lock, three minutes to '''crack''' the security system, and about twenty minutes to ' crack the safe.
To cause to make a sharp sound.
- They finally cracked the code.
* 2001 , Doug McGuinn, The Apple Indians
- to crack a whip
To tell (a joke).
- Hershell cracked his knuckles, a nervous habit that drove Inez crazy
(transitive, chemistry, informal) To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse.
- The performance was fine until he cracked that dead baby joke.
(computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.
- Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700°C.
(informal) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.
- That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can crack it.
(obsolete) To brag, boast.
- I'd love to crack open a beer .
- Cardan cracks that he can cure all diseases with water alone, as Hippocrates of old did most infirmities with one medicine.
(archaic, colloquial) To be ruined or impaired; to fail.
- Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack .
- The creditof exchequers cracks , when little comes in and much goes out.
* crack a crib
* crack a fat
* crack baby
* crack down
* 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
(senseid)A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.
A narrow opening.
- A large crack had formed in the roadway.
- We managed to squeeze through a crack in the rock wall.
- Open the door a crack .
, date=January 25
, author=Phil McNulty
, title=Blackpool 2 - 3 Man Utd
, 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.
A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
* (rfdate) :
- I didn't appreciate that crack about my hairstyle.
(onomatopoeia) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.
- I wouldn't use it, if I was going to use it I can afford real cocaine. Crack is wack.
(onomatopoeia) Any sharp sound.
- The crack of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
- The crack of the bat hitting the ball.
, date=June 28
, author=Piers Newbery
, title=Wimbledon 2011: Sabine Lisicki beats Marion Bartoli
, work=BBC Sport
, 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.
(vulgar, slang) vagina.
- I'd like to take a crack at that game.
(vulgar) The space between the buttocks.
- I'm so horny even the crack of dawn isn't safe!
(Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Conviviality; fun; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.
* 2001 , William F. Gray, The Villain , iUniverse, p. 214:
- Pull up your pants! Your crack is showing.
* 2004 , Bill Griffiths, Dictionary of North East Dialect , Northumbria University Press (quoting Dunn, 1950)
- Being a native of Northumberland, she was enjoying their banter and Geordie good humour. This was what she needed — good company and good crack .
* 2006 , Patrick McCabe, Winterwood , Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
- "his a bit o' good crack — interesting to talk to"
- 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 .
(Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Business/events/news
- The party was great crack .
(computing) A program or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.
- What's the crack ?
(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.
- Has anyone got a crack for DocumentWriter 3.0?
(archaic) A mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity.
- Though now our voices / Have got the mannish crack .
(archaic) A crazy or crack-brained person.
- He has a crack .
(obsolete) A boast; boasting.
- I can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector.
- crack and brags
(obsolete) Breach of chastity.
- vainglorious cracks
(obsolete) A boy, generally a pert, lively boy.
(slang, dated, UK) A brief time; an instant; a jiffy.
- - 'Tis a noble child.
- A crack , madam.
- I'll be with you in a crack .
* 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.
* bum crack (UK), arse crack (UK), ass crack (US)
* (cocaine that is heat-altered at the moment of inhalation) crack cocaine
1793 slang, of origin
Highly trained and competent.
Excellent, first-rate, superior, top-notch.
- Even a crack team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.
- She's a crack shot with that rifle.
* crack train
* crack troops
From (etyl) . See (l).
To strike or hit with the foot or other extremity of the leg.
* 1877 , , Chapter 1: My Early Home,
- Did you kick your brother?
* 1895 , , Chapter XII: Friends and Foes,
- Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.
* 1905 , , Chapter 6,
- I was cuffed by the women and kicked by the men because I would not swallow it.
* 1919 , , The Teacher: concerning Kate Swift,
- A punt is made by letting the ball drop from the hands and kicking it just before it touches the ground.
To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something.
- Will Henderson, who had on a light overcoat and no overshoes, kicked the heel of his left foot with the toe of the right.
* 1904 , , Chapter II: Rope Jumping, and What Followed,
- He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline kick .
To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg.
- "If you did that, I'd kick'," answered Freddie, and began to ' kick real hard into the air.
* 1905 , , Chapter 7,
- Kick the ball into the goal.
To eject summarily.
* 1936 October,
- 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.
* 1976 February 3, ,
- "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."
(Internet) To remove a participant from an online activity.
- They are the ones who give hobbyists a bad name, and should be kicked out of any club meeting they show up at.
(slang) To overcome (a bothersome or difficult issue or obstacle); to free onself of (a problem).
- He was kicked by ChanServ for flooding.
- By taking that medication, he managed to get his triggered phobia of heights kicked .
To move or push suddenly and violently.
- I still smoke, but they keep telling me to kick the habit.
* 2011 , Tom Andry,
- He was kicked sideways by the force of the blast.
Bob Moore: No Hero ,
(of a firearm) To recoil; to push by recoiling.
* 2003 , Jennifer C. D. Groomes, The Falcon Project ,
- The back of the car kicked out violently, forcing me to steer into the slide and accelerate in order to maintain control.
* 2006 , Daniel D. Scherschel, Maple Grove ,
- 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.
- I asked my sister Jeanette if she wanted to shoot the 12 ga. shotgun. She replied, "does it kick "?
* German: (l)
A hit or strike with the leg or foot or knee.
* 1890 , , Chapter VII: A Raid on the Stable-Beer Dives,
- A kick to the knee.
* 2011 , Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15195384.stm]
- A kick of his boot-heel sent the door flying into the room.
The action of swinging a foot or leg.
- 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.
(colloquial) Something that tickles the fancy; something fun or amusing.
- The ballerina did a high kick and a leap.
- I finally saw the show. What a 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.
- I think I sprained something on my latest exercise kick .
- The car had a nasty kick the whole way.
(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]:
- The pool ball took a wild kick , up off the table.
* 2003 , Sheree Bykofsky and Megan Buckley, Sexy City Cocktails , , ISBN 1580629172, page 129 [http://books.google.com/books?id=GBO9qF3uXYUC&pg=PA129&dq=kick]:
- Add a little cascabel pepper to ordinary tomato sauce to give it a kick .
* 2007 August 27, , volume 83, Issues 22-28
- For extra kick , hollow out a lime, float it on top of the drink, and fill it with tequila.
A stimulation provided by an intoxicating substance.
(soccer) A pass played by kicking with the foot.
(soccer) The distance traveled by kicking the ball.
- The first time I saw "Deep Water," the trace of mystery in the Crowhurst affair gave the movie a kick of excitement.
a recoil of a gun.
An increase in speed in the final part of a running race.
(chess) To attack (a piece) in order to force it to move.
- a long kick up the field.
* German: (l)
* 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
* kick the bucket
* 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
* 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
Shortening of (kick the bucket)