Definition of 'crank'
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Now, the anticipation cranked up another notch. The Sun (2016)He knew this guy can crank the engine. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Try out a prison bed and learn about terrifying punishments such as the crank machine. Times, Sunday Times (2010)As time ticked away the pressure cranked up. The Sun (2011)But this conference was not a sideshow for cranks and eccentrics. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Your initial investments act as the first turn of the crank. THE STRATEGY MACHINE (2002)Season with salt and pepper and crank the heat up to maximum. The Sun (2016)There are crank calls and mysterious power cuts. Times, Sunday Times (2009)When we play well it cranks up a notch. The Sun (2016)The rest of us used hand cranked machines. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She also has to deal with some crank phone calls after she advertises for staff. The Sun (2006)Now he has to crank up the machine again. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The machine was cranked into gear. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The brokers are dancing now, shouting to the barman to crank up the volume. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They will need to check the fuel pressure when cranking, which could provide clues. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Viewers can look forward to explosive storylines as Eve cranks up the heat. The Sun (2010)She made around 280 crank calls in three years. The Sun (2006)He knows that the pressure will be cranked up over the next four years, but he has the perspective to cope. Times, Sunday Times (2008)With one eye fixed firmly on these troubled times and the other on more personal issues, the singer cranks up the volume from the outset. The Sun (2009)His appearance on the touchline cranked up the volume in Celtic Park. The Sun (2008)This year, though, the pressure has been cranked up a notch. Times, Sunday Times (2014)One of the more soul-destroying was a sort of the treadmill, which involved the prisoner endlessly having to turn a crank. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The fan in turn drives a belt that turns a crank, and the crank moves the bellows, which keeps the fan going. THE STRATEGY MACHINE (2002)A bombastic first half found her youthful band cranking up the volume on Ready to Go. Times, Sunday Times (2015)While we wait to see whether his side will finally crank into recognisable action tonight, there IS one thing we can ask for. The Sun (2006)
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Translations for 'crank'
British English: crank NOUN
If you call someone a crank, you think their ideas or behaviour are strange.
The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
British English: crank VERB
If you crank an engine or machine, you make it move or function, especially by turning a handle.
The chauffeur got out to crank the motor.
Definition of crank from the Collins English Dictionary
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