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intransitive and transitive
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.
intransitive and transitive
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
to hit someone or something hard
crack something on something
I slipped and cracked my head on the door.
over the head
with a hammer.
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 continue
Some young executives crack under the pressure of having to meet tough sales targets every month.
He cracked under interrogation and confessed.
if your voice cracks, it starts to sound different because you are feeling strong emotions
His voice cracked slightly as he tried to explain.
to find the answer to a problem or manage to understand something that is difficult to understand
I think we've
of the computer crashing all the time.
It took them nearly two months to
This new evidence could help detectives to
to stop a person from being successful
Political enemies have tried to crack me.
open a safe
to open a
illegally in order to steal the things inside it
to illegally copy computer software or change free software which may lack certain features of the full
, 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.
to manage to do something successfully
I think we've cracked it!
He seems to have
got it cracked
crack a joke
to tell a joke
He kept cracking jokes about my appearance.
crack open a bottle
to open a bottle of alcohol for drinking
We cracked open a few bottles.
to start doing something or going somewhere quickly
I think we need to get cracking if we're going to catch this train.
crack the whip
to make people work very hard
something is not all/everything it's cracked up to be
used 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.
to become more strict in dealing with a problem and punishing the people involved
crack down on
The government is determined to crack down on terrorism.
The police are
cracking down hard
on violent crime.
crack into something
to secretly enter someone else's computer system, especially in order to damage the system or steal the information stored on it
A teenager was accused of cracking into the company's network.
to continue working hard at something in order to finish it
crack on with
I need to crack on with my project work this weekend.
crack (somebody) up
to 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.
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!
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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