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División en sílabas: crack

Definición de crack en inglés:

sustantivo

1A line on the surface of something along which it has split without breaking into separate parts: a hairline crack down the middle of the glass
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Calmer now, Jack stepped over to the window and drew a line along the crack with his bare finger.
  • It's surface was not impressive; cracks ran along the wall and the paint was slowly being peeled off by the weather.
  • I ran my finger along the cracks in the wall as I walked.
1.1A narrow space between two surfaces, especially ones that have broken or been moved apart: he climbed into a crack between two rocks the door opened a tiny crack
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  • The terrain is easy to move over, hard mud with deep narrow cracks, easy to cross, but wide enough to hide in.
  • The guards opened the slightest crack in the door enough for her to slip through and beckon her closer.
  • As soon as the slightest crack was opened, the being started to move toward it.
1.2A vulnerable point; a flaw: the company spotted a crack in their rival’s defenses
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • They saw the flaws and cracks in the system. [But] we have to move on and think beyond one man.
  • He wanted to find a crack, something left vulnerable between the duo.
  • I've had to stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it's not as good as it seems.
2A sudden sharp or explosive noise: a loud crack of thunder
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • She was thrown through the air and hit the pavement with a sickening crack.
  • Lightning flashed again outside, followed quickly by a loud crack of thunder.
  • She landed with a loud thud and a crack came from her ankle.
Sinónimos
2.1A sharp blow, especially one that makes a noise: she gave the thief a crack over the head with her rolling pin
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • What Montgomery conceived was a one-two punch, a British blow followed by an American crack.
  • My dad would get the report from our mother, make his way into our room, take off his belt, and deliver the requisite number of cracks.
Sinónimos
blow, bang, hit, knock, rap, punch, thump, bump, smack, slap
informal bash, whack, thwack, clout, wallop, clip, bop
2.2A sudden harshness or change in pitch in a person’s voice: the boy’s voice had an uncertain crack in it
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • The bottom lip started going and there was a crack in my voice.
  • He adopts a half-sob crack in the voice with monotonous repetition.
  • Singing in English at the impossibly low volumes she favors, syllables are often lost as her voice shows fine cracks.
3 informal A joke, typically a critical or unkind one.
Example sentences
  • There were all sorts of cracks and jokes about diving off wardrobes etc.
  • They continued to lazily watch Stine, exchanging cracks and small jokes about the dog.
  • When he explains that the crack about encouraging homemakers to become lawyers was a joke, she chides him about his tone.
Sinónimos
4 [in singular] informal An attempt to gain or achieve something: I thought I had a crack at winning
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • I've had a crack at taking some more pics, some have turned out OK.
  • Our greatest living portraitist, Lucian Freud, had a crack at it in 2001.
  • Two points later he had a crack at a second serve from Federer and took a big swing.
Sinónimos
informal go, shot, stab, whack
formal essay
4.1A chance to attack or compete with someone: he wanted to have a crack at the enemy
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • ‘He's dangerous,’ says Bungu, who opted to have a crack at the combative Yorkshireman.
  • then you may as well have a crack at a test, if only for the heck of it.
  • We want to do well in the Trophy and it would be great if we could get through this round and have a crack at one of the Conference clubs.
5 (also crack cocaine) A hard, crystalline form of cocaine broken into small pieces and smoked.
Example sentences
  • It will currently include, among many other substances, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, crack, LSD and ecstasy.
  • Pot dealers report that there has been no discernible increase in trafficking of the harder drugs - crack, cocaine, and heroin.
  • This suggested that marijuana use was not a necessary precursor to use of crack, powder cocaine, or heroin.

verbo

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1Break or cause to break without a complete separation of the parts: [no object]: the ice all over the lake had cracked [with object]: a stone cracked the headlight glass on his car
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Mark kicked the glass and it cracked, he kicked again breaking it.
  • I put a glass of water outside just to see what would happen; not only did it freeze within minutes, but the glass cracked as well.
  • All that was salvaged from the ruin was a brass barometer with its front glass cracked.
Sinónimos
1.1Break or cause to break open or apart: [no object]: you can see how the landmasses have cracked up and moved around figurative his face cracked into a smile [with object]: she cracked an egg into the frying pan
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  • Its superstructure began to fissure and crack apart from the concentrated barrages.
  • One of the claws broke in the attempt to lift the submarine, and a large section of its hull cracked off and fell back to the ocean floor.
  • It was as if someone had cracked open an egg on the top of my head.
1.2 [with object] Break (wheat or corn) into coarse pieces.
Example sentences
  • If you don't have access to a grinder to crack wheat for cereal, you can cook the wheat kernels.
  • They can churn butter, crack corn and feed it to the chickens, and tend the garden.
  • There is also a kit for a processor that can crack corn and remove seeds from cotton with simple attachments.
1.3 [with object] Open slightly: gingerly, he cracks open his door
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  • I crouched down into the pilot seat and tried to gather enough courage to crack open the door.
  • She cracked the door open slightly and listened, chuckling softly.
  • I crack my eyes open slightly, only to be greeted by an almost blinding yellow light.
1.4Give way or cause to give way under torture, pressure, or strain: [no object]: the witnesses cracked and the truth came out [with object]: no one can crack them—they believe their story
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  • Clearances were being returned instantly and, under relentless pressure, their defence cracked.
  • A decorated Gulf War veteran, he was moulded into a killing machine, but cracked under the pressure of war.
  • After his early promise first shown at the Monte Carlo Masters, he cracked under pressure.
Sinónimos
break down, give way, cave in, go to pieces, crumble, lose control, yield, succumb
2Make or cause to make a sudden sharp or explosive sound: [no object]: a shot cracked across the ridge [with object]: he cracked his whip and galloped away
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • She stretches, her stiff joints snapping and cracking loudly, sounding just like a firecracker when lit.
  • The shot rang out, cracking loudly and landing in an unknown spot.
  • He heard the ice cracking, the sound traveling up through the soles of his feet.
2.1 [no object] Knock against something, making a noise on impact: she winced as her knees cracked against metal
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  • She found herself falling hard, the floor cracking against her ribs and back.
  • His toe cracked against something hard and out of place.
  • Song's head cracked hard on the floor next to the welcome mat.
2.2 [with object] Hit (someone or something) hard, making a sharp noise: she cracked him across the forehead
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  • I realised he wasn't breathing, so I turned him over face down across my arm and cracked him really hard on his back a couple of times.
  • They want to see the police ‘go in hard and crack some heads on the terraces’.
  • While I bent down the door swung to and cracked me hard on the forehead.
Sinónimos
2.3 [no object] (Of a person’s voice, especially that of an adolescent boy or a person under strain) suddenly change in pitch: “I want to get away,” she said, her voice cracking
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  • I yelled, my voice cracking and squeaking through my panic.
  • The story takes Pat Williams back almost 23 years, and even now, his voice cracks and quivers over the telephone as he tells it.
  • ‘Um yeah I'll be out in a minute,’ Cassie quickly answered hearing her voice crack.
3 [with object] informal Find a solution to; decipher or interpret: a hacker cracked the codes used in Internet software
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  • Otherwise, you're making it much easier for someone to crack your code.
  • This might be a hard fact to crack, but you're growing up - and fast!
  • The lyrical logic is hard to crack, but the record proves maddeningly infectious.
Sinónimos
decipher, interpret, decode, break, solve, resolve, work out, find the key to
informal figure out
3.1Break into (a safe).
Example sentences
  • A tourist attraction will invite visitors to race a motorised gondola, crack a safe and save the world by defusing a bomb.
  • And, if he had to worry about beating the box, would he be able to crack the safe without zoning out?
  • She cracks safes as well as her father.
4 [with object] Tell (a joke): he cracked jokes which she didn’t find very funny
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Hang on, weren't we cracking the same joke last year?
  • He cracked a few jokes as he became comfortable with the podium.
  • I'm just about to crack a rather forced joke to her when something over her shoulder catches my eye.
5 [with object] Decompose (hydrocarbons) by heat and pressure with or without a catalyst to produce lighter hydrocarbons, especially in oil refining: (as noun cracking) catalytic cracking
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Palladium catalysts are used in refining and cracking petroleum.
  • Methanol and ethanol are most commonly derived from cracking petroleum into smaller hydrocarbons.
  • Amorphous alumina-silica composites are used to crack or split hydrocarbon chains in petroleum refining.

adjetivo

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Very good, especially at a specified activity or in a specified role: he is a crack shot crack troops
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • But the Marines are different; they are crack troops, as trained physically as we are intellectually.
  • A superb siege by sea was planned and he was given six thousand of the best Syrian crack troops to accomplish the feat.
  • Mounted on horseback, a small team of crack troops are aware that locals know they are coming well in advance.
Sinónimos
deadly
informal great, superb, fantastic, ace, hotshot, mean, demon, brilliant, crackerjack, bang-up

Origen

Old English cracian 'make an explosive noise'; of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kraken and German krachen.

More
  • In Old English crack meant ‘make a sudden sharp or explosive noise’. The drug known as crack, or crack cocaine, is a hard crystalline form of cocaine broken into small pieces and smoked. It gets its name from the ‘cracking’ noises the crystals make as they are heated. The ‘crack’ or lively socializing in a pub is an Irish use, first recorded in the 1920s and sometimes written craic, that comes from the Scottish sense ‘chat, conversation’. You can talk about a time very early in the morning as the crack of dawn. The expression is first recorded in the late 19th century, in the form crack of day. The crack here is the crack of a whip, with an additional echo perhaps of break of day and daybreak, and the notion of the sky cracking or breaking open to reveal a sliver of light. The crack of doom is a peal of thunder which, according to the Book of Revelation, will announce the Day of Judgement. See also paper, pop

Frases

crack a book

1
North American informal Open a book and read it; study.
Example sentences
  • Try cracking a book occasionally or move to a country where they make special accommodation for ignorant protesters such as yourself.
  • Relax in a hammock, crack a book under a tree, drink iced tea on the front porch.
  • There are cheat codes to the universe, as anyone who's cracked a book on differential calculus can tell you.

crack of dawn

2
A time very early in the morning; daybreak.
Example sentences
  • In fact, I was at a sunrise service at the crack of dawn earlier today, service for Easter Sunday.
  • I would wake up early in the morning at the crack of dawn, go to Shivaji Park and watch the children play for hours.
  • We started our journey, at the crack of dawn, as the early morning sun shone behind the morning mist.

crack of doom

3
A thunder peal announcing the Day of Judgment.
Example sentences
  • His comments regarding America ‘till the crack of doom,’ told the world exactly where they stood.
  • Hammond remarked that ‘He comes off the pitch like the crack of doom.’
  • Thus was Hollywood given the maniacal sense of its own importance that will continue to inflate until the crack of doom.

be cracked up to be

4
[with negative] informal Asserted to be (used to indicate that someone or something has been described too favorably): life on tour is not as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • As far as U.K. saviours go, the band aren't what they'll surely be cracked up to be.
  • Life as a Telephone Sales Representative, surprisingly, is not all it may be cracked up to be.
  • Religious services and ceremonies never strike Miss Manners as being as funny as they may be cracked up to be.

crack wise

5
North American informal Make jokes; wisecrack.
Example sentences
  • But the freedom to live involved more than cracking wise.
  • The international news is so unrelentingly grim I don't feel like cracking wise about the situation.
  • He cracks wise but can't hide the grimace each taste brings.

fall (or slip) through the cracks

6
Escape from or be missed by something organized to catch or deal with one: fatherless kids were not allowed to fall through the cracks
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • I'm not voting because I fall through the cracks and nobody will miss me, but I will not go down fighting.
  • Unfortunately, there are going to be those who fall through the cracks, into a life of bass fishing and stockcar racing.
  • Without them, some of our overlooked students (ESL, special needs, etc.) would fall through the cracks.

get cracking

7
informal Act quickly and energetically: most tickets have been snapped up, so get cracking if you want one
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • I got bored very quickly and slipped off to the study to get cracking on the current chapter of the book.
  • If you can, then I expect you to get cracking on an Internet decision soon so you can reap the rewards!
  • This building used to be a power station and was where Hitchcock got cracking on his early stuff.

Verbos con partícula

crack down on

1
informal Take severe measures against: we need to crack down hard on workplaces that break safety regulations
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Sydney police have promised to crack down on all such surreptitious snapping.
  • Labour has taken tough measures to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • The Executive has introduced measures through the police bill to crack down on knife culture.
Sinónimos
suppress, prevent, stop, put a stop to, put an end to, stamp out, eliminate, eradicate;
clamp down on, get tough on, come down hard on, limit, restrain, restrict, check, keep in check, control, keep under control

crack up

2
informal
1Suffer an emotional breakdown under pressure.
Example sentences
  • I was short-tempered and I was cracking up a bit under the pressure of it all.
  • ‘If I had not had Diana and the children I would have cracked up and had a mental breakdown by now,’ he said.
  • His stylish arthouse flick looks at three women as they crack up.
2 (also crack someone up) Burst or cause to burst into laughter.
Example sentences
  • He cracks up into laughter, his shoulders heaving uncontrollably.
  • I really cracked up in laughter when I read the headline ‘Protest is the backbone of democracy’.
  • Before I knew it I was buzzed and cracking up with laughter.

Words that rhyme with crack

aback, alack, attack, back, black, brack, clack, claque, Dirac, drack, flack, flak, hack, jack, Kazakh, knack, lack, lakh, mac, mach, Nagorno-Karabakh, pack, pitchblack, plaque, quack, rack, sac, sack, shack, shellac, slack, smack, snack, stack, tach, tack, thwack, track, vac, wack, whack, wrack, yak, Zack

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