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crack

2 noun
     
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1

gap

[countable] a very narrow space between two things or two parts of something
crack 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

[countable] a thin line on the surface of something when it is broken but has not actually come apart
crack in
There were several small cracks in the glass.
3

weakness

[countable] a weakness or fault in an idea, system, or organization
crack in
The cracks in their relationship were starting to show.
The first cracks are beginning to appear in the economic policy.
4

sound

C [countable] a sudden loud sound like the sound of a stick being broken
loud/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 thunder
5

joke

[countable] informal a clever joke or rude remark
crack about
I didn't like his crack about her being overweight.
He's always making cracks about how stupid I am.
6

attempt

[countable] informal an 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

[uncountable]MDD an illegal drug that some people take for pleasure:
crack addicts
8

body

[countable] informal the space between someone's buttocks
9

a crack on the head

a hard hit on the head:
You've had a nasty crack on the head and you need to rest.
10

a crack in somebody's voice

a 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 dawn

very early in the morning
at the crack of dawn
We were up at the crack of dawn.
12TD

computer

[countable] 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 version
13

a fair crack of the whip

British English informal the same chance as other people to do something:
They feel they haven't been given a fair crack of the whip.

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