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British English: /krak/
American English: /kræk/

Translation of crack in Italian:


  • 5 [informal] to have a crack at doing
    tentare di fare
    to have a crack at
    fare il tentativo di conquistare
    cercare di battere
    cercare di vincere
    (gold medal)
    to have a crack at (playing) Hamlet
    provare a recitare Amleto
    she wants (to have) a crack at the champion
    vuole tentare di sfidare la campionessa
    it's his third crack at the title
    è il suo terzo tentativo di conquistare il titolo


adjective attrib.

transitive verb

  • 2 (break)
    (egg, casing)
    to crack a safe to crack something open
    aprire qualcosa
    let's crack open a bottle of wine
    apriamo una bottiglia di vino
    to crack one's head open [informal] she didn't crack a book for that class (American English) [informal]
    non ha aperto un libro per quel corso
    to crack the market
    invadere il mercato
  • 3 (solve)
    (problem, case)
    to crack a code to crack a spy, crime network
    scoprire una rete di spie, di criminali
    I think I've cracked it [informal]
    credo di esserci arrivato o di aver capito
  • 4 (make cracking sound with)
    fare schioccare, fare scrocchiare
    (knuckles, joints, twig)
    to crack something over somebody's head, to crack somebody on the head with something
    colpire qualcuno alla testa con qualcosa
    to crack one's head on something
    picchiare la testa su qualcosa
    to crack the whip [figurative]

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (develop crack(s) (bone)
    (mirror, cup, wall, ice)
    incrinarsi, creparsi, spaccarsi
    (paint, varnish)
    creparsi, screpolarsi
    (ground) (slightly)
    spaccarsi, aprirsi
    the earth cracked in the heat
    la terra si spaccò a causa del calore
  • 4 (voice)
    rompersi, incrinarsi
    her voice cracked with emotion
    la sua voce era rotta dall'emozione
  • 5her face cracked into a smile
    il suo volto si sciolse in un sorriso


to have a fair crack of the whip

avere un'ottima chance

to give somebody a fair crack of the whip

offrire un'ottima chance a qualcuno

not all o not as good as it's cracked up to be

non così bravo come tutti dicevano

to get cracking

darsi da fare o muoversi

go on, get cracking!

to get cracking on o with a job

darci dentro con un lavoro

Phrasal verbs

crack down

crack up

1 crack up 1.1 [informal]
(have breakdown)
rompersi, andare in pezzi
1.3to crack (it) up
farsi di crack
2 crack [somebody] up

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