crack-up
noun Date: circa 1926 1. crash, wreck <
an automobile crack-up
>
2. a. a mental collapse ; nervous breakdown <
his wife's death brought on his crack-up
>
b. collapse, breakdown

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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