(to be) a crank

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - (to be) a crank

"(to be) a crank"

someone who has very strange ideas or behavior


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - (to be) a crank

"(to be) a crank"

an irritable complaining person


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - (to be) a crank

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How's your anthropology class going?

Student 2:  OK, except that the professor has a lot of really strange ideas about the age of the earth. He thinks that the earth, based on bible studies, is only about six thousand years old.

Student 1:  Oh, ya.  I had that professor last semester.  He is a bit of a crank.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - (to be) a crank

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am getting really tired of dealing with Georgina.

Friend 2:  I understand. She is always so negative and grouchy. She whines and complains and is really no fun to be around.

Friend 1:  It's strange. She didn't always used to be such a crank.

(to be) a crank - Usage:


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(to be) a crank - Gerund Form:

Being a crank causes people to give you funny looks.

Being a crank all the time will chase away your friends.

(to be) a crank - Examples:

1)  Ethical investing wants to go mainstream. You don't need to be a crank and you can achieve good returns without abandoning your principles.

2)  The user profile you created for yourself claims you to be a crank with many names you use to trick people.

3)  No one is silencing him by noting that he seems to be a crank.

4)  "A man with a new idea is a crank until he succeeds." - M. Twain

5)  ... something that will make many shallow conventional thinkers immediately think dismissively that MMT is a crank proposition?

6)  The man is a crank on the level of the "squaring the circle" crowd.

7)  This guy is a crank and shouldn't be passing on his misconceptions to schoolchildren.

8)  ... columns of the newspapers in order to announce to the world that he is a crank and faddist and incapable of unprejudiced judgment.

9)  To his detractors, he is a crank whose outlandish notions are impractical and outdated.

10)  I have to assume that person is a crank until proven otherwise.

11)  He is a crank and he is surrounded by crackpots.

12)  If you think that the only candidate is a crank, then your politics are scary and immoral.

13)  Kurzweil is a crank. Anyone who thinks it's reasonable to plot entirely arbitrary historical events ...

14)  The specific set of silly ideas known as 'supply-side economics' is a crank doctrine, which would have little influence if it did not appeal to the prejudices ...

15)  Has the rest of the CU law faculty decided LawProf is a crank not worth engaging?

16)  Are you suggesting that he is a crank because he is interested in unidentified objects? 

17)  If there are cranks and crazies around in the US, they are almost entirely found on the Democrat ...

18)  ... destroyed by its malignant power in their lives. Those who practice such things are cranks and dangerous at that ...

19)  In every field that has relevance to the power sector, there are cranks and scam artists operating with offers to solve the entire power crisis in one go ...

20)  ... houses of cards and financial con games. So, in each bubble there are cranks who argue that this time is different and that the bubble is driven by a ...