Synonyms of 'crack'
to break or split without complete separation of the partsA gas main had cracked under my neighbour's garage.Crack the salt crust and you will find the skin just peels off the fish.
The bandage must be put on when the blister breaks.
In a severe gale the ship split in two.
The driver lost control when a tyre burst.
She burst the balloon with a pin.
The brake pedal had just snapped.
You've fractured a rib.
The ruler cracked and splintered into pieces.
to break with a sudden sharp soundThunder cracked in the sky.
He finally snapped when she prevented their children from visiting one weekend.
Every now and then you hear some bombs bursting.
The first test atomic bomb was exploded in the New Mexico desert.
The champagne cork popped and shot to the ceiling.
an explosive device which detonated last night
to hit with a forceful or resounding blowShe drew back her fist and cracked him on the jaw.He cracked his head on the pavement and was knocked out.
She hit him hard across his left arm.
I'd have clipped his ear for him if he'd been my kid.
My yoga instructor turned up and slapped me on the shoulder.
She smacked me on the side of the head.
He thumped me, nearly knocking me over.
Their plane had been severely buffeted by storms.
The officer clouted him on the head.
He cuffed the child across the head.
Someone whacked him on the head with a baseball bat.
Once she walloped me over the head with a frying pan.
to break or split without complete separation of the partsCrack the eggs into a bowl.
to solve or decipher (a code or problem)He has finally cracked the code after years of painstaking research.
Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.
We must find a way to resolve these problems.
The pictures are often difficult to interpret.
A bank spokesman was unable to clarify the situation.
I couldn't fathom what he was talking about.
I'm still no closer to deciphering the code.
suss (out) (slang)
get to the bottom of
The author brilliantly disentangles complex debates.
He refused to elucidate the reasons for his decision.
get the answer to
to yield or cease to resistShe's calm and strong, and will not crack under pressure.
The young woman broke down and cried.
His business empire collapsed under a massive burden of debt.
She yielded to general pressure.
My parents gave in and let me go to the camp.
The whole ceiling gave way and fell in on us.
go to pieces
a narrow opening or fissureShe watched him though a crack in the curtains.
a sudden break in the clouds
He peered through a chink in the curtains.
the wind tearing through gaps in the window frames
In the open bog are many rifts and potholes.
a narrow cleft in the rocks too small for a human to squeeze through
a huge boulder with rare ferns growing in every crevice
There was a great crack, and a fissure opened up.
The lizards fled into crannies in the rocks.
a narrow opening or fissureThe plate had a crack in it.
a sudden sharp noiseSuddenly there was a loud crack and glass flew into the air.
Every minute or so I could hear a snap, a crack and a crash as another tree went down.
Each corn kernel will make a loud pop when cooked.
a burst of machine-gun fire
Three people were killed in a bomb explosion in London today.
There was a loud report as the fuel tanks exploded.
a sharp blowHe took a crack on the head during the game.
He went off to hospital after a blow to the face.
He reached forward and gave me a slap.
I end up shouting at him or giving him a smack.
He felt a thump on his shoulder.
I was half tempted to give them a clout myself.
He gave the dog a cuff.
He gave the donkey a whack across the back with a stick.
With one brutal wallop, Clarke sent him flying.
The boy was later given a clip round the ear by his father.
an attemptI'd love to have a crack at the title next year.
a deliberate attempt to destabilize defence
It took us two goes to get the colour right.
I didn't really expect anything, but it was worth a try.
He will be given a shot at the world title.
Several times tennis stars have had a stab at acting.
a gibe or jokeHe made a nasty crack about her weight.
No one told worse jokes than Claus.
She couldn't resist a dig at him after his unfortunate performance.
He made a gag about bald men.
a deadpan quip
a cruel jibe about her weight
He kept making wisecracks about her weight.
first-class or excellentHe is said to be a crack shot.
The finest array of choicest foods is to be found within their Food Hall.
We complimented her on doing an excellent job.
It's been a while since I've seen a really ace film.
the elite troops of the President's bodyguard
He's got a superior car, and it's easy to win races that way.
He was determined to become a world-class tennis player.
They were dealing with a first-rate professional.
a hand-picked range of timeless classics
crack down on something or someone
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
superb or excellent
It's been a while since I've seen a really ace film.
cracking (British, informal)
the dog's bollocks (taboo, slang)
bitchin' (US, slang)
chillin' (US, slang)
booshit (Australian, slang)
exo (Australian, slang)
sik (Australian, slang)
ka pai (New Zealand)
schmick (Australian, informal)
barrie (Scottish, slang)
belting (British, slang)
pearler (Australian, slang)
a crack, break, or gap
A large battering ram hammered a breach in the wall.
Video: pronunciation of 'crack'
Thesaurus for crack from the Collins English Thesaurus