crank out

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crank 1

1. A device for transmitting rotary motion, consisting of a handle or arm attached at right angles to a shaft.
2. A clever turn of speech; a verbal conceit: quips and cranks.
3. A peculiar or eccentric idea or action.
4. Informal
a. A grouchy person.
b. An eccentric person, especially one who is unduly zealous.
5. Slang Methamphetamine.
v. cranked, crank·ing, cranks
a. To start or operate (an engine, for example) by or as if by turning a handle.
b. To move or operate (a window, for example) by or as if by turning a handle.
2. To make into the shape of a crank; bend.
3. To provide with a handle that is used in turning.
1. To turn a handle.
2. To wind in a zigzagging course.
Of, being, or produced by an eccentric person: a crank letter; a crank phone call.
Phrasal Verbs:
crank out
To produce, especially mechanically and rapidly: cranks out memo after memo.
crank up
1. To cause to start or get started as if by turning a crank: cranked up a massive publicity campaign.
2. To cause to intensify, as in volume or force: cranks up the sound on the stereo.

[Middle English, from Old English cranc- (as in crancstæf, weaving implement).]

crank 2

adj. Nautical
Liable to capsize; unstable.

[Origin unknown.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.crank out - produce in a routine or monotonous manner; "We have to crank out publications in order to receive funding"
produce, bring forth - bring forth or yield; "The tree would not produce fruit"
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