crack noun

1 line on the surface of sth where it has broken

ADJ. big, deep, huge, large, long, serious | short, small | fine, hairline, thin

CRACK + VERB appear | develop, spread | run A fine crack ran up the wall.

2 narrow opening

ADJ. narrow, small, tiny | wide

VERB + CRACK fill We filled the cracks in the plaster before hanging the wallpaper.

CRACK + VERB appear Wide cracks appeared in the ground during the drought. | open up, widen

PREP. ~ in There's a crack in the fence big enough to look through.

PHRASES a crack of light a tiny crack of light under the door | open a door/window a crack Could you open the window just a crack?

3 sudden loud sound

ADJ. loud, sharp

VERB + CRACK give, let out He gave a crack of laughter. | hear

PREP. with a ~ The chandelier hit the floor with a crack. | ~ of

PHRASES the crack of a whip, a crack of thunder > Note at SOUND

crack verb

1 break

ADV. badly The dish had cracked quite badly. | slightly

2 become mentally ill

ADV. completely | finally The stresses of her job became too great and she finally cracked. | up He thought he'd never get through the ordeal without cracking up.

PHRASES crack under the pressure/strain, show signs of cracking He is under a lot of pressure but is showing no signs of cracking. PHRASAL VERBS crack down

ADV. hard

PREP. on to crack down hard on crime

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