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  1. A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.
A large had formed in the roadway.
  1. A narrow opening.
We managed to squeeze through a in the rock wall.
  1. When forming an opening, a small amount.
Open the door a .
  1. (context, onomatopoetic) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.
The of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
  1. (context, onomatopoetic) Any sharp sound.
The of the bat hitting the ball.
  1. A sharply humorous comment; a wisecrack.
I didn't appreciate that about my hairstyle.
  1. (vulgar) The space between the buttocks.
Pull up your pants! Your is showing.
  1. (context, Scots language, common in lowland Scotland and Ulster) conviviality; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.
The was guid.
Thon was guid .
He/she is quare good .
The party was great .
  1. (context, Geordie) Business/events
What's the ?
  1. (computing) A program, password or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.
  2. (context, slang) A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
    • w:Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston:
    • : I wouldn't use it, if I was going to use it I can afford real cocaine. Crack is wack.
      1. (context, Cumbrian, elsewhere throughout the North of the UK) a meaningful chat.
      2. (vulgar, slang) vagina.
      I'm so horny even the of dawn isn't safe!
      1. (colloquial) An opportunity to attempt something.
      I'd like to take a at that game.
    • (Ireland) (colloquial) good fun. (See usage note re Scots sense).
    • 2006, Patrick McCabe?, Winterwood, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
    • :By the time we've got a good drunk on us there'll be more in this valley than the night I pissed on the electric fence!
  1. (intransitive) To form cracks.
It's been so dry, the ground is starting to .
  1. (intransitive) To break apart under pressure.
When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked.
  1. (intransitive) To become debilitated by psychological pressure.
Anyone would after being hounded like that.
  1. (intransitive) To yield under interrogation.
When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked.
  1. (intransitive) To make a cracking sound.
The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
  1. (context, intransitive, of a voice) To change rapidly in register.
His voice cracked with emotion.
  1. (context, intransitive, of a pubescent boy's voice) To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering.
His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.
  1. (intransitive) To make a sharply humorous comment.
"I would too, with a face like that," she cracked.
  1. (computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.
That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can it.
  1. (transitive) To make a crack or cracks in.
The ball cracked the window.
  1. (transitive) To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.
You'll need a hammer to a black walnut.
  1. (transitive) To strike forcefully.
She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
  1. (transitive) To open slightly.
Could you please the window?
  1. (transitive) To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative)
They managed to him on the third day.
  1. (transitive) To solve a difficult problem. (i, Figurative, from cracking a nut.)
I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
  1. (transitive) To cause to make a sharp sound.
    • 2001: Doug McGuinn?, The Apple Indians
    • : Hershell cracked his knuckles, a nervous habit that drove Inez crazy....
      1. (transitive, chemistry, informal) To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse.
      Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700 °C.
      1. (transitive, colloquial) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.
      I'd love to open a beer.
      1. (transitive) To tell (a joke).
  1. Highly trained and competent.
Even a team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.

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