get cracking

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v get cracking start to be active "Get cracking, please!"
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Quotations

  • Leonard Cohen
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    “There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.”

Idioms

Get cracking - To get cracking means to start working on something, usually a job or task with defined parameters.
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Usage

In literature:

Yes, mam, I goes to bed early en don' never get up none till I see day shine in dem cracks.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
His voice was getting cracked and husky, and the deprecating note dominated pathetically all that he said.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
You say you want nothing better than to get a crack at the pirate.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
I used it just now to hold the door so the lioness wouldn't get out, and the wood is cracked.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
But if I get a crack at him I'll shoot, just the same.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
This blooming hotel business was started to prevent Caspian getting his entering wedge into the crack of the family fortunes.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
If suffered to get quite cold before it be put on the dish, it will be apt to crack.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Don't get half as many cracks when it hangs on yourself.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Hush, Sandy, don't talk so loud, or you'll frighten him off before we can get a crack at him.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
Perhaps I'll get another crack at the scoundrel.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
One must crack the nut before one gets at the kernel.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
They cracked the through safe, emptied it, and made a clean get-away.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Hit low, sir, if you get a crack at him.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
Why, look at the way they're always getting their hearts broken or their heads cracked.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
Just let me get a crack at them once!
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
Don't get excited when you see Grant mount his haystack to jump into the crack o' doom for the established order!
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
I was just about to get up to see what it meant, when all of a sudden I received a terrible crack on the back of the head.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
I wouldn't trust it to anybody, for it might get joggled and crack the icing.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Once let me get a fair crack at him with this stick, and he'll go daffy, I warrant you.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
He peeped through a crack in the Wongatap lodge and saw that his enemy was getting ready for bed.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
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In poetry:

The Moral: When fortune you strike,
And you've slipped through a dangerous crack,
Get as forward as ever you like,
But never, oh, never get back!
"How A Fisherman Corked Up His Foe In A Jar" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Cistercians might crack their sides
With laughter, and exemption get,
At sight of heroes clasping brides,
And hearing--O the horn! the horn!
The horn of their obstructive debt!
"Hernani" by George Meredith

In news:

A&M will get first crack at a proposed program that would let students attend summer classes at a fraction of the tuition rates in an effort to get them out of college sooner.
The New York Observer reporter talks about cracking the New York Times and Conde Nast, and getting linked by Romenesko.
As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing, retailers can expect to see more criminal attempts to crack their web sites and network security systems.
Get ready to crack open those juicy , if not messy, Valley grown pomegranates.
But hospitals cracking down on workers: Get vaccinated or you're fired.
Paragon routing software helps EFC to get cracking.
The black bear seen on Arkansas 9 appears to smile after cracking the code to get to corn left in a deer feeder.
The DEA has cracked down on illegal internet pharmacies , and Carreno said people are finding other methods to get the drugs, such as robbing local pharmacies .
If we really want to get those guys we've captured in Iraq to crack, the way to do it is with very long PowerPoint presentations.
From training bras and that first period to cracking voices and facial hair, here's a parent's guide to getting your son or daughter through puberty .
Orioles finally get a crack at their long-time tormenters from New York.
The rodeo gets cracking at 8pm with the official after party staring Mel Waiters and Keith Frank upstairs on the second floor.
Will be heading over to campus to get more details this afternoon, but I was told the Roadrunners have sold 9,482 season ticket s as of Wednesday afternoon, with expectations of cracking five figures sometime next week.
Nick Saban gets another crack next season.
New York City is cracking down on unlicensed taxis but is having a hard time getting all of the cabs off the street.
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In science:

Since we expect strong fluctuations during the growth of the crack we use a special scheme to reduce the fluctuations and get a better estimate of the stress field.
New model for crack growth using random walkers
In order to get statistical information about crack growth, we determine the average time it takes for the crack to reach a certain length.
Thermal activation of rupture and slow crack growth in a model of homogenous brittle materials
It may well be that the fancy maths get in the way of the simple fundamental questions we need to come up with in order to crack the QG ‘code’.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
No, I’m talking about the mundane mathematics that falls into the cracks between these well-developed areas: basic facts about sets, functions, and relations. I refer to the material that gets relegated to the desultory miscellanies added to texts under the name of “set-theoretic preliminaries”.
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists
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