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or crack-up  (krăk′ŭp′)
n. Informal
1. A crash, as one involving an airplane or automobile.
2. A mental or physical breakdown.



1. a crash; collision.
2. a breakdown in health, esp. a mental breakdown.
3. collapse.
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or crack-up
1. Informal. A wrecking of a vehicle:
Informal: pileup.
2. Informal. A sudden sharp decline in mental, emotional, or physical health:


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