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cracking

adjective

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of the very best kind
  • a writer renowned for her cracking tales of mystery and suspense

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cracking

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of cracking (Entry 2 of 3)

to a great degree
  • tells a cracking good tale of a search for a lost city

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cracking

verb
present participle of crack

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1 to break suddenly with an explosive sound
  • the tree branch unexpectedly cracked under our weight

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2 to yield to mental or emotional stress
  • after hours of tough questioning the suspect finally cracked and blurted out a confession

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3 to change (as a secret message) from code into ordinary language
  • the United States military used the Navajo language as a code during World War II, and the enemy never cracked it

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6 to cause to go insane or as if insane
  • cracked by years in solitary confinement, the prisoner could only maunder incoherently

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The first known use of cracking was in 1830

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“Cracking.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cracking. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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