crack up




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - crack up

"crack up"

to have a wreck

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - crack up

"crack up"

to suddenly laugh a lot

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - crack up

"crack up"

to have a mental or emotional breakdown

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - crack up

"crack-up"

an accident or wreck

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - crack up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why isn't Ted at work today?

Colleague 2:  He had a sudden flat tire while driving to work today.  He lost control of the vehicle and it cracked up.

Colleague 1:  That's terrible. Was it a bad accident?

Colleague 2:  Luckily no one was killed but Ted won't be in to work for a couple of weeks.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - crack up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was the movie?

Friend 2:  It was supposed to be a serious romance but it was so absurd that I cracked up several times.

Friend 1:  I'm sure the other people in the audience weren't impressed with your laughter.

Friend 2:  Probably not but I couldn't help myself.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - crack up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I'm getting worried about Cynthia.

Colleague 2:  She has been working extremely hard and long hours.

Colleague 1:  She is under so much stress that I am afraid she will crack up.

Colleague 2:  What can we do to help her avoid a mental breakdown?


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - crack up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why isn't Ted at work today?

Colleague 2:  He had a sudden flat tire while driving to work today.  He lost control of the vehicle and a bad crack-up.

Colleague 1:  That's terrible. Was it a bad accident?

Colleague 2:  Luckily no one was killed but Ted won't be in to work for a couple of weeks.

 




crack up - Usage:

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crack up - Gerund Form:

Cracking up on the freeway can cause serious injury to drivers and passengers.

Cracking up at a joke usually means it was a really good joke.

Cracking up from mental stress and strain is common among air-traffic controllers.



crack up - Examples:

1)  What felt like a tough crowd to please initially, later cracked up at a few jokes.

2)  ... he deadpanned, as the audience at the Clarion Hotel cracked up, one of many occasions they did so at the ...

3)  'Look at that black man!' And everybody on the bus cracked up. I was almost as black as he was. And everybody said, ...

4)  That definitely cracked up the audience and was followed by some more hoots.

5)  They were put under real pressure for the first time in this tournament and they cracked up.

6)  But it was conceivably not visualized that the cluster will crack up so early.

7)  He's so funny, I just crack up.

8)  ... struggled to understand what he was saying because of his laughing, which made us crack up too.

9)  Even if Leicester were to crumble and crack up over the final furlong, ...

10)  ... at the base of the track oval crack up due to overheating, causing injuries to three people taking pictures nearby.

11)  Vandalism isn't something that makes city officials crack up -- especially when the bang-up job ends up costing taxpayers $200,000.

12)  Even the most serious person would crack up on hearing her jokes.

13)  ... be nothing compared with us being jailed for expressing our views. He cracks up at the idea that he could use his new album to come out swinging ...

14)  It has to be said that shooting a lighthouse or old bridge until it cracks up and finally crumbles is also strangely satisfying.

15)  ... the robot cracks up. So Kelly decides to stand in for the machine, ...

16)  I've been sitting in the stands, injured, or suspended, cracking up, wanting to get out there.

17)  He said that he was cracking up and that he thought he saw a gunman on the roof of ...

18)  Trump's triumph reveals a party elite that is cracking up. Elected officials, donors and strategists are shocked and confused, not sure ...

19)  ... thought it was rather too funny, and couldn't stop cracking up.

20)  ... suppliers which have to be paid each week. How does Ruth do it without cracking up over a pile of invoices?