get cracking Definition
verb cracked, cracking
- tr & intr
1. To fracture or cause to fracture partially without falling to pieces.
- Thesaurus: split, sever, break, cleave, rend, burst.
2. To split or make something split.
tr & intr
3. To make or cause to make a sudden sharp noise.
4. To strike sharply.
- Thesaurus: strike, punch, clip, slap, clap, clout, pop.
5. To give way or make someone or something give way.
- Example: He finally cracked under the pressure
7. To solve (a code or problem).
- Thesaurus: solve, decode, answer, figure out.
9. Said of the voice: to change pitch or tone suddenly and unintentionally.
tr & intr
- To break down long-chain hydrocarbons produced during petroleum refining into lighter more useful short-chain products.
- 1. A sudden sharp sound.
2. A partial fracture in a material produced by an external force or internal stress, often originating in a defective region of the material.
- Thesaurus: crevice, fissure, cleft, rift, break, split, cut, chink.
4. A resounding blow.
- Thesaurus: blow, hit, thwack, stroke.
- A joke.
- Thesaurus: joke, wisecrack, remark, return, witticism, jest.
- A highly addictive derivative of cocaine, consisting of hard crystalline lumps that are heated and smoked.
- Form: crack cocaine (in full)
- 1. colloq
- Example: a crack shot
At daybreak; very early.
- A fair opportunity.
To make a prompt start with a journey, undertaking, etc.
To attempt it.
Phrasal Verb: crack down on someone or something
- To take firm action against them or it.
- To suffer an emotional breakdown.
- To praise it extravagantly; giving the impression that it is better than it is.
- Example: This job is not all it's cracked up to be