To crack on
Crack Crack (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cracked} (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cracking}.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. {Crake}, {Cracknel}, {Creak}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts. [1913 Webster]

2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze. [1913 Webster]

O, madam, my old heart is cracked. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He thought none poets till their brains were cracked. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip. [1913 Webster]

4. To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up. [Low] [1913 Webster]

{To crack a bottle}, to open the bottle and drink its contents.

{To crack a crib}, to commit burglary. [Slang]

{To crack on}, to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more steam. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To crack a bottle — Crack Crack (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cracked} (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cracking}.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To crack a crib — Crack Crack (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cracked} (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cracking}.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crack on — (informal) To proceed or go forward quickly • • • Main Entry: ↑crack * * * ˌcrack ˈon [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they crack on he/she/it …   Useful english dictionary

  • crack on — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms crack on : present tense I/you/we/they crack on he/she/it cracks on present participle cracking on past tense cracked on past participle cracked on British informal to continue doing something as quickly as… …   English dictionary

  • crack on — PHRASAL VERB If you crack on with something, you continue doing it, especially with more effort than before, or as quickly as possible. [INFORMAL] [V P] You ve just got to crack on, whatever the problems are. [V P + with] Just tell him what to do …   English dictionary

  • crack on — U.S.A.; Pittsburgh, PA When a male attempts to get to know a female of his own peer group with the intentions of ultimately having a relationship with her because of her personality, not material possessions. Joe s had his eye on her for two… …   English dialects glossary

  • crack on (with something) — ˌcrack ˈon (with sth) derived (BrE, informal) to work hard at sth so that you finish it quickly; to pass or continue quickly • If we crack on with the painting we should finish it today. • Time was cracking on and we w …   Useful english dictionary

  • crack on — vb British 1. to talk incessantly, browbeat or boast. The phrase, which is now generally used by middle class speakers, is a successor to a colloquial use of crack to mean gos sip, brag or tell tales which is at least 300 years old and survives… …   Contemporary slang

  • crack on — Verb. To progress, to go quickly. E.g. We ll crack on with the meeting after lunch. Cf. get cracking …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • crack on to — Vrb Phrs. To come onto somebody, to make sexual advances. E.g. She was cracking on to me all night, and every other bloke at the club …   English slang and colloquialisms

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