noun[usually in singular] • informal
- 1A collapse under strain: he had a complete mental crack-upMore example sentences
- Mark has had one emotional crack-up and one hospitalisation before the stresses have even begun.
- The directorial debut shows the actress grappling with the aftermath of a crack-up.
- By the time the reader gets to book four, Donny's been ‘hospitalized for a crack-up.’
- 2An act of breaking up or splitting apart: the crack-up of a political systemMore example sentences
- It would lead to the crack-up boom and the breakdown of the whole monetary system.
- Any bump in the road is greeted not just as evidence of the crack-up, but as its beginning.
- The later the crack-up comes, the longer the period in which the calculation is misguided by fiduciary media.
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