- An enthusiasm for a particular activity or object which appears suddenly and achieves widespread but short-lived popularity: the new craze for step aerobicsMore example sentences
- Thereafter England also enthusiastically embraced the craze for Egyptian antiquities.
- The salon organizers have made prints a special highlight of this year's event, hoping to start a craze for print collecting in China.
- The craze for watching football matches triggers a paranoid outburst.
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- 1 (usually as adjective crazed) Make (someone) wildly insane or out of control: a crazed killerMore example sentences
- He was very small, and looked terrified when four half-starved and dementedly crazed teenagers opened the door and almost burst out, their eyes bulging.
- Her name would be splashed across the town weekly, her beaming smile belying the sick-to-her-stomach fear that some crazed madman was out there.
- Some crazed drivers refuse to let children cross the road in safety and insist on driving around them, honking their horns and shaking their fists as they do.
- 2Produce a network of fine cracks on (a surface): the loch was frozen over but crazed with cracksMore example sentences
- From a distance, it could be plaster of Paris, but up close there is no mistaking the fine, crazed lines of human skin.
- Tap the shells with the back of a spoon to craze them, then peel.
- The works feature bits of architecture, coloured blobs over the top and crazed, raised surfaces of paint, all lovingly laid down on miniature rectangles of MDF.
- 2.1 [no object] Develop fine cracks: internal stresses often caused the glue to crazeMore example sentences
- Such contact can cause crazing - the development of small cracks - in the material.
- They will cause the plastic to craze with minute cracks.
- In addition, Roma found that Makrolon will craze, but the cracks won't propagate all the way through the material.
late Middle English (in the sense 'break, produce cracks'): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish krasa 'crunch'.