crack-up

noun
\ ˈkrak-ˌəp \

Definition of crack-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : crash, wreck an automobile crack-up

2a : a mental collapse : nervous breakdown his wife's death brought on his crack-up

b : collapse, breakdown

crack up

verb

Definition of crack up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : praise, tout sense 1 wasn't all that it was cracked up to be

2 : to damage or destroy (a vehicle) by crashing crack up a car

3 : to cause to laugh out loud that joke really cracks him up

intransitive verb

1 : to damage or destroy a vehicle (as by losing control) cracked up on a curve

2 : to laugh out loud

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Synonyms & Antonyms for crack-up

Synonyms: Noun

breakdown, nervous breakdown, tailspin

Synonyms: Verb

acclaim, accredit, applaud, cheer, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of crack-up in a Sentence

Verb

that sports car isn't all it's cracked up to be the movie is being cracked up as the blockbuster of the summer

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This continues until Torres loses the staring contest and cracks up. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "The Most Hilarious, Over-The-Top Moments From Nailed It! Season 2," 29 June 2018 The trick was to combine horizontal drilling, enabling each well to fan out across a wide area, with industrial-scale hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to crack up the innards of tight rock. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 As the audience cracked up, Comey smirked, and took another big sip of wine. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "'I'm like a breakup he can't get over': James Comey joins Stephen Colbert and mocks Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 Case in point: Orlando Baxter, who is totally making people crack up on purpose. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Boston calls, ‘Solo’ stalls, ‘Fall’ spills, everyone grills," 24 May 2018 There is a growing belief among some analysts that the Democratic blue wave won’t be all its cracked up to be. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Election prospects cast pall over California GOP convention," 4 May 2018 Luckily the camera was off of some of us who were cracking up. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Meet The Week Of Star Roland Buck," 30 Apr. 2018 Russo said as the two former co-hosts cracked up laughing. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Report: Mike Francesa Wants to Return to Radio, Possibly WFAN," 23 Apr. 2018 The sofa took a sunrise selfie this morning, like the basic in all of us: Here's to hoping the sofa keeps us cracking up all Olympics long. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "The Rio Kayak Sofa Would Take Home A Gold In Wisecracks," 8 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of crack-up

Noun

circa 1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of crack-up was in 1829

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More Definitions for crack-up

crack-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crack-up

: an accident in which a vehicle is badly damaged

crack-up

noun
\ ˈkrak-ˌəp \

Kids Definition of crack-up

2 : crash entry 2 sense 3, wreck My car received minor damage in the crack-up.

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