crack up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crack up laugh unrestrainedly
    • v crack up rhapsodize about
    • v crack up suffer a nervous breakdown
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Crack up to praise
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  • Joe E. Lewis
    “I always wake up at the crack of ice.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cracian, to crack; cf. Dut. kraken, Gael. crac.


In literature:

Hermione stayed to listen to hers, the crack of the pistol up there near the blue sky.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The little light filtered through a cracked and discoloured window high up in the slope of the roof.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The contraction sets up stresses that result in cracks when the piece is quenched.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
He next had an idea of following up the messenger, and after giving him a crack on the head, rifling his pockets.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
No more clear, sparkling water bubbled up out of the cracks in the rocks.
"Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's" by Laura Lee Hope
Instead, he threw up his hands and pitched forward, just as a revolver cracked sharply in the silent night.
"The Boy Scouts on the Trail" by George Durston
He's not so ornery as he's cracked up to be.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The puzzle began to go around and around in my head again, all the way back to that gleaming road and the crack-up.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
We can't stay up in the dry air very long, or our skin cracks and our flesh collapses.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
We sat for mostly an hour together, cracking the best way we could in such a place; nor was anybody more likely to cast up.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir

In poetry:

"Agreed! agreed!" they all replied,
"An here comes little Jack,
He's foorced to pass cloise up this side,
We'll do it in a crack."
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
Aw goa to th' chapil, yet confess
Aw'm somewhat daatful, moor or less,
For th' chaps at cracks up gloory soa,
Ne'er seem in onny haste to goa.
"Fairly Weel-off" by John Hartley
What I tuk an' done ef a sho'-nuff ghos'
Pop right up by de ole bed-pos'?
What dat shinin' fru de front do' crack...?
God bress de Lo'd! Hit's de folks got back!
"When De Folks Is Gone" by James Whitcomb Riley
That big 'ole outside is the moat, Sir,
And they do say if ever John Bull
Sells the Tower for a road house with cracks puttied up -
It'll make a damn fine swimming pool.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
The child hushed cryin' the minute he spoke;
"Come up here, Major! don't let him slip."
And jest as nice as a woman could do,
He wrapped his blanket around them
And was off in the crack of a whip.
"Golyer" by John Hay
You long and hope for nothing but the rest that sleep can bring,
And you find that in the morning things have brightened up a bit;
But you’re dull for many evenings, with a cracked heart in a sling,
When you’re hit, old man—hard hit.
"Rejected" by Henry Lawson

In news:

It cracks me up, looking back.
OK, this is just silly, but it cracked me up: Peep surgery.
Onondaga County is cracking down on employees who pile up overtime pay which ultimately push their pensions higher.
Or perhaps, like me, you'll just crack another Budweiser and pack up another box of your stuff.
) why organic isn't what it's cracked up to be.
Read up, then crack one open.
Far up on the top of the world, where no one sees, the ice splits with a crack that rings out over white fjords.
Katie Couric Cracks Up Princeton , Slams Palin, Rumsfeld.
Here's a dessert that's sure to crack up your kids.
Plant closed the top of a push up here's a little extra cracking when every doing pushups you wanna walk your hands plainclothes.
Here at KLAQ getting the DJs up, sober and thinking at the crack of dawn isn't easy.
I just ran across this quote and it cracked me up.
Okay so maybe laying on the sarcasm a little thick there, but this kid cracks me up.
Some friends are over, you got the beers cracked open, your playing 'Super Mario Kart' on the SNES, and your multi-player matches are heating up.
We offen envy those that are famous, but being a celebrity isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

In science:

As a supernova explosion engulfs a star’s envelope, the velocity of its leading shock front responds to two competing trends: a general deceleration as increasing mass is swept up, and a tendency to accelerate down any sharply declining density gradient (in a manner analogous to the cracking of a whip).
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
Visualisation of th e vector fields using LIC method proves especially useful when dealing with complex field structures for which the usual field lines do not keep up with the sudden sp atial changes (e.g. dense zigzag structures, crack propagation etc).
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
In this model, it is postulated that the build up of magnetic stresses within the neutron star crust are sufficient to overcome the tensile strength of the crust and crack it (Thompson & Duncan 1995).
An Extended Burst Tail from SGR 1900+14 with a Thermal X-ray Spectrum
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
Power-up/power-down cycles can cause cracks in nuclear power plant heat exchanger tubes and turbine generator components. • Temperature cycling can lead to delamination in inkjet printhead components.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models