crank up

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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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crank up

vb (tr)
1. to increase (loudness, output, etc): he cranked up his pace.
2. to set in motion or invigorate: news editors have to crank up tired reporters.
3. (Recreational Drugs) (intr, adverb) to inject a narcotic drug
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.crank up - start by cranking; "crank up the engine"
start up, start - get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"
2.crank up - rotate with a crank
circumvolve, rotate - cause to turn on an axis or center; "Rotate the handle"
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