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

Translation of crack in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1
    (in ice, wall, pavement) grieta (feminine)
    (in glass, china) rajadura (feminine)
    to paper o paste over the cracks
    ponerle parches al problema ( or a la situación etc)
    tapar agujeros [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (chink, slit)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 countable (blow)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (instant) at the crack of dawn
    al amanecer
    al despuntar el día [literary]
    al rayar el alba [literary]
  • 5 countable (attempt) [colloquial] to have a crack at something
    intentar algo
    have a crack at solving the problem
    intenta resolver el problema
    prueba a ver si puedes resolver el problema
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 6 countable [colloquial] (wisecrack)
    comentario (masculine) socarrón
    to make a crack
    hacer un comentario socarrón
    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.
  • 8 uncountable (fun) craic
    Example sentences
    • There was good food, good music and plenty chat and craic and a most enjoyable night was had by all.
    • This is a very popular event with plenty of entertainment and craic on the night.
    • The town prides itself in being a festival meeting, with plenty of craic on the streets and in the pubs at night.


  • (before noun)
    de primera
    he's a crack player
    es un jugador de primera
    es un crack (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • 1
    he cracked a rib
    se fracturó una costilla
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (break open)
    (drugs ring/spy ring)
    to crack a book (American English) [colloquial]
    abrir un libro
    he scarcely cracked a book before the exam
    apenas abrió un libro antes del examen
    to crack (open) a bottle [colloquial]
    destapar or abrir or descorchar una botella
    to crack a smile he didn't even crack a smile
    ni siquiera sonrió
    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.
    2.2 (decipher, solve)
    I've cracked it! [colloquial]
    ¡ya lo tengo!
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (make cracking sound with)
    (hacer) chasquear or restallar
    hacer crujir
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (hit sharply) I cracked my head on o against the beam
    me di con la cabeza contra la viga
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 5 (joke) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 6 (separate)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    his composure began to crack
    empezó a perder la compostura
    1.2 (make cracking sound)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.4 (break down) she cracked under the strain
    sufrió una crisis nerviosa a raíz de la tensión
    something cracked inside her and she began to sob
    no pudo contenerse más y se echó a llorar
  • 2 (be active, busy) to get cracking [colloquial] you'd better get cracking with that translation
    más vale que (te) pongas manos a la obra y hagas esa traducción [colloquial]
    come on, get cracking!
    ¡vamos, muévete! [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

crack down

verb + adverb
to crack down on somebody/something
tomar medidas enérgicas contra alguien/algo

crack up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (break down) [colloquial]
sufrir un ataque de nervios
sucumbir a la presión
1.2 (burst out laughing) [colloquial] 1.3
2verb + object + adverb [colloquial] (make laugh)
matar de la risa [colloquial]
3verb + object + adverb (praise) [colloquial] (usually passive) it isn't all it's cracked up to be
no es tan bueno como se dice
no es tan bueno como lo pintan [colloquial]
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