crack


crack
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noun
1 line on the surface of sth where it has broken
ADJECTIVE
big, deep, huge, large, long, serious (esp. BrE)
short, small
fine, hairline, thin
CRACK + VERB
appear
develop, spread
run

A fine crack ran up the wall.

2 narrow opening
ADJECTIVE
narrow, small, tiny
wide
VERB + CRACK
fill, seal

We filled the cracks in the plaster before hanging the wallpaper.

CRACK + VERB
appear

Wide cracks appeared in the ground during the drought.

open up, widen
PREPOSITION
crack in

There's a crack in the fence big enough to look through.

PHRASES
a crack of light

a tiny crack of light under the door

open a door, window, etc. a crack

Could you open the window just a crack?

3 sudden loud sound
ADJECTIVE
loud, resounding, sharp
sickening
satisfying
audible
VERB + CRACK
hear
CRACK + VERB
echo

A loud crack echoed off the empty walls.

PREPOSITION
with a crack

The chandelier hit the floor with a crack.

crack of
PHRASES
the crack of a whip
a crack of thunder
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verb become mentally ill
ADVERB
completely
finally

The stresses of her job became too great and she finally cracked.

up

He thought he'd never get through the ordeal without cracking up.

PHRASES
crack under the pressure, crack under the strain, show signs of cracking

He is under a lot of pressure but is showing no signs of cracking.

PHRASAL VERB
crack down
ADVERB
hard
PREPOSITION
on

to crack down hard on crime

Crack is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑egg, ↑glass, ↑ice, ↑leather, ↑mud, ↑thunder, ↑veneer, ↑voice, ↑whip, ↑windscreen
Crack is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bone, ↑case, ↑code, ↑crime, ↑egg, ↑gag, ↑glass, ↑grin, ↑joke, ↑knuckle, ↑mirror, ↑mystery, ↑nut, ↑password, ↑puzzle, ↑rib, ↑safe, ↑scheme, ↑shot, ↑skull, ↑smile, ↑whip, ↑windscreen
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adj.
Crack is used with these nouns: ↑cocaine, ↑force, ↑shot, ↑team, ↑troops

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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