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crack

 (krăk)
v. cracked, crack·ing, cracks
v.intr.
1.
a. To break without complete separation of parts: The mirror cracked.
b. To break or snap apart: The branch cracked off and fell.
2. To make a sharp snapping sound: His knees cracked as he sat down.
3.
a. To break down; fail: The defendant's composure finally began to crack.
b. To have a mental or physical breakdown: cracked under the pressure.
4. To change sharply in pitch or timbre, as from hoarseness or emotion. Used of the voice.
5. To move or go rapidly: was cracking along at 70 miles an hour.
6. Chemistry To break into simpler molecules, often by means of heat or a catalyst.
v.tr.
1.
a. To cause to break without complete separation of parts: The pebble cracked the car's windshield. See Synonyms at break.
b. To cause to break with a sharp snapping sound: crack nuts.
c. To crush (corn or wheat, for example) into small pieces.
2.
a. To strike, especially with a sharp sound: cracked the intruder over the head with a lamp.
b. To cause to come into forceful contact with something, especially with a sharp sound: fell and cracked his head against the floor.
3. To open to a slight extent: crack a window to let in some air.
4. Informal
a. To break open or into: crack a safe.
b. To open up for use or consumption: crack a book; cracked a beer.
c. To break through (an obstacle) in order to win acceptance or acknowledgment: finally cracked the "men-only" rule at the club.
5. To discover the solution to, especially after considerable effort: crack a code.
6. To cause (the voice) to crack.
7. Informal To tell (a joke), especially on impulse or in an effective manner.
8. To cause to have a mental or physical breakdown.
9. To impair or destroy: Their rude remarks cracked his equanimity.
10. To reduce (petroleum) to simpler compounds by cracking.
n.
1.
a. A partial split or break; a fissure: cracks in the basement wall.
b. A slight narrow space: The window was open a crack.
c. Informal The fissure between the buttocks.
2. A defect or flaw: cracks in the argument; a crack in his composure.
3. A sharp snapping sound, such as the report of a firearm.
4. A sharp resounding blow: gave him a crack on the head.
5. A breaking, harshly dissonant vocal tone or sound, as in hoarseness.
6. An attempt or try: gave him a crack at the job; took a crack at photography.
7. A witty or sarcastic remark. See Synonyms at joke.
8. A moment; an instant: at the crack of dawn.
9. Irish Fun had when socializing; social amusement.
10. Slang Crack cocaine.
adj.
Excelling in skill or achievement; first-rate: a crack shot; a crack tennis player.
Phrasal Verbs:
crack down
To act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain: The police cracked down on speeding.
crack up Informal
1. To praise highly: He was simply not the genius he was cracked up to be.
2.
a. To damage or wreck (a vehicle or vessel): crack up a plane; crack up a boat.
b. To wreck a vehicle in an accident: cracked up on the expressway.
3. To have a mental or physical breakdown: crack up from overwork.
4. To experience or cause to experience a great deal of amusement: really cracked up when I heard that joke.
Idiom:
crack the whip
To behave in a domineering manner; demand hard work and efficiency from those under one's control.

[Middle English craken, from Old English cracian; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]

crack down

vb
to take severe measures (against); become stricter (with)
n
severe or repressive measures
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.crack down - repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable); "The police clamped down on illegal drugs"
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
Translations
يَتَّخِذ إجراءات صارِمَـه
lecsapszigorúan fellép

w>crack down

vi
(whip)niederknallen, niederkrachen
(= clamp down)hart durchgreifen (on bei)

crack

(krӕk) verb
1. to (cause to) break partly without falling to pieces. The window cracked down the middle.
2. to break (open). He cracked the peanuts between his finger and thumb.
3. to make a sudden sharp sound of breaking. The twig cracked as I stepped on it.
4. to make (a joke). He's always cracking jokes.
5. to open (a safe) by illegal means.
6. to solve (a code).
7. to give in to torture or similar pressures. The spy finally cracked under their questioning and told them everything he knew.
noun
1. a split or break. There's a crack in this cup.
2. a narrow opening. The door opened a crack.
3. a sudden sharp sound. the crack of whip.
4. a blow. a crack on the jaw.
5. a joke. He made a crack about my big feet.
6. a very addictive drug. He died of too much crack with alcohol
adjective
expert. a crack racing-driver.
cracked adjective
1. damaged by cracks. a cracked cup.
2. crazy. She must be cracked!
crackdown noun
ˈcracker noun
1. a thin crisp biscuit.
2. a small exploding firework. fire crackers.
3. a decorated paper tube, containing paper hats etc, which gives a loud crack when pulled apart.
ˈcrackers adjective
crazy. You must be crackers to believe that!
crack a book, crack a book
(slang) to open a book in order to read or study. He always gets high marks in his exams although he hardly cracks a textbook.
crack down (on)
to act firmly against. The police have cracked down on drug dealers; to crack down on illegal immigration.
get cracking
to get moving quickly.
have a crack (at)
to have a try at.
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