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crack
noun
1. (fissure) 
a. la raja (F) 
Throw that glass away. It has a crack. Tira ese vaso a la basura. Tiene una raja.
b. la grieta (F) 
Before you go skating on the pond, let me check for cracks.Antes de que vayas a patinar al estanque, déjame revisar que no haya grietas.
c. la rendija (F) 
Turn on the fan. There's not enough air coming through the cracks. Prende el ventilador. No está pasando suficiente aire por las rendijas.
d. la rajadura (F) 
There's a little crack in the sign, but you can still read it. Hay una pequeña rajadura en el letrero, pero todavía se puede leer.
2. (sound) 
a. el chasquido (M) 
The horse surged forward with the crack of the whip. El caballo se lanzó hacia delante con el chasquido del látigo.
b. el crujido (M) 
A loud crack came from my hand as I bent my fingers back.Un fuerte crujido sonó en mi mano mientras doblaba los dedos hacia atrás.
c. el estallido (M) 
He pointed the rifle at the rabbit, and with a crack the creature fell.Apuntó el rifle al conejo y con un estallido la criatura cayó.
d. el estruendo (M) 
I woke up with a jump from the crack of thunder this morning.Me desperté de un brinco con el estruendo del trueno esta mañana.
3. (quip) 
a. el comentario burlón (M) 
What kind of a crack was that? That wasn't funny.¿Qué clase de comentario burlón fue ese? No estuvo chistoso.
4. (drug) 
a. el crack (M) 
The singer has a crack addiction.El cantante tiene adicción al crack.
5. (bash) 
a. el golpe (M) 
He grabbed a bat, and with one crack knocked the thief down.Agarró un bate y de un golpe tumbó al ladrón.
6. (attempt) 
a. el intento (M) 
Go on! You can do it! Give it a crack. ¡Adelante! ¡Tú puedes! Haz el intento.
7. (fun) (United Kingdom) 
a. la diversión (F) 
Sean went to the pub for a pint, but stayed for the crack.Sean fue al pub a tomarse una cerveza, pero se quedó por la diversión.
transitive verb
8. (to fracture) 
a. rajar 
He cracked the window on his car when he backed into a tree.Rajó el vidrio de su coche cuando retrocedió y se dio contra un árbol.
b. agrietar 
The sun and the heat cracked the deck. El sol y el calor agrietaron la cubierta.
c. resquebrajar 
Mold has cracked the paint on the wall.El moho ha resquebrajado la pintura de la pared.
9. (to make a sound) 
a. chasquear 
The cowboy cracked his whip. El vaquero chasqueó el látigo.
b. restallar 
The tip of the whip cracked on the ox's back.Restalló la punta del látigo sobre el lomo del buey.
c. hacer crujir 
I can crack my knuckles loudly.Puedo hacer crujir mis nudillos con fuerza.
10. (to solve) 
a. resolver 
Scientists cracked the X chromosome's genetic code.Los científicos resolvieron el código genético del cromosoma X.
b. descifrar 
The British cracked the Enigma code before the Germans realized it. Los británicos resolvieron el código Enigma antes de que los alemanes se dieran cuenta.
11. (to break open) 
a. forzar 
The burglar cracked the safe and stole the money.El ladrón forzó la caja fuerte y robó el dinero.
b. romper 
Crack an egg and beat it with the flour.Rompe un huevo y bátelo con la harina.
c. cascar 
Crack the egg gently to separate the white from the yolk.Casca el huevo con cuidado para separar la clara de la yema.
12. (to dismantle) 
a. desarticular 
Police have cracked the drug ring by capturing all of its leaders.La policía ha desarticulado la red de narcotráfico capturando a todos sus dirigentes.
13. (to joke) 
a. contar 
Will you please quit cracking jokes in church?¿Me haces el favor de dejar de contar chistes en la iglesia?
14. (to hit) 
a. golpear 
He cracked his head against the windshield in the crash.Se golpeó la cabeza contra el parabrisas en el choque.
adjective
15. (colloquial) (ace) 
a. de primera 
Gonzalo is a crack pilot.Gonzalo es un piloto de primera.
intransitive verb
16. (to fracture) 
a. rajarse 
The window cracked when a bird flew into it.La ventana se rajó cuando un pájaro se chocó contra ella.
b. agrietarse 
This dry weather is making my skin crack. Este tiempo reseco está haciendo que se me agriete la piel.
c. resquebrajarse 
The earth cracked and lava began to flow.La tierra se resquebrajó y la lava comenzó a fluir.
17. (to make a sound) 
a. chasquear 
I heard a whip crack, and then a scream.Oí un látigo chasquear y luego un grito.
b. quebrarse (voice) 
Yolanda's voice cracked a bit as she said goodbye.La voz de Yolanda se quebraba al despedirse.
c. crujir 
His old bones cracked as he stood up from his chair. Sus viejos huesos crujieron mientras se paraba de la silla.
18. (to break down) 
a. desmoronarse 
Jessica cracked when she saw her baby's broken arm. Jessica se desmoronó cuando vio el brazo roto de su bebé.
crack
Noun
1. (in glass, porcelain) 
a. la raja (F) 
2. (in wood, wall, ground, ice) 
a. la grieta (F) 
the door was open a crackla puerta estaba entreabierta
3. (fig) 
cracks have started to appear in his alibisu coartada está empezando a hacer agua
to get up at the crack of dawnlevantarse al amanecer
4. (sound) 
a. el chasquido (M) 
5. (fig) 
she wasn't given a fair crack of the whipno tuvo su oportunidad
6. (fig) 
to have a crack at somethingintentar algo
7. (blow) 
a crack on the headun porrazo en la cabeza
8. (colloquial) 
a. el chiste (M) (joke, insult) 
9. (drug) 
a. el crack (M) 
adjective
10. (colloquial) 
a. de primera 
crack troopstropas de élite
transitive verb
11. (fracture; cup, glass) 
a. rajar 
12. (skin, wood, ground, wall) 
a. agrietar 
13. (make sound with; whip) 
a. chasquear 
14. (colloquial) 
to crack somebody over the headdar a alguien un porrazo en la cabeza
he cracked his head against the wallse dio con la cabeza contra la pared
15. (solve; problem) 
a. resolver 
16. (code) 
a. descifrar 
17. (break open; safe) 
a. forzar 
18. (nut, egg) 
a. cascar 
to crack a jokesoltar un chiste
intransitive verb
19. (cup, glass) 
a. rajarse 
20. (skin, wood, ground, wall) 
a. agrietarse 
21. (voice; with emotion) 
a. fallar 
22. (person; under pressure) 
a. venirse abajo, derrumbarse 
his nerve crackedperdió los nervios
23. (make sound) 
a. crujir 
24. (whip) 
a. chasquear 
25. (fam fig) 
get cracking!¡manos a la obra!
crack [kræk]
noun
1 (fracture) (in plate, glass) raja (f); (in wall, ceiling, ice) grieta (f); (in skin) grieta (f); (in system, relationship) grieta (f)
the first cracks in their marriage appeared in 1969 the plate had a crack in it there were hairline cracks in the windscreen old buildings develop cracks in the walls and ceilings there are a few cracks in that argument the first cracks in the system appeared in 1953 she'd spent so much time with her hands in soapy water /the skin on her fingers was full of cracks/ some hand cream would be good for those cracks on your hands
to paper over the cracks disimular las grietas
despite efforts to paper over the cracks, there is a clear split between Mr Major and his Chancellor they knew their relationship was not working, all they were doing was papering over the cracks the talks succeeded in papering over the cracks between two groups of industrialised nations he knew he was the new man, sent to paper over the cracks of the Suez misadventure
2 (slight opening) rendija (f)
through the crack in the door she saw him through a crack in the curtains he went to the door, opened it a crack and listened
I opened the door a crack abrí un poquito la puerta
3 (noise) [of twigs] crujido (m); [of whip] chasquido (m); [of rifle] estampido (m); estallido (m)
I could hear the crack of gunfire as we neared the front
[of thunder] estampido (m); estruendo (m)
to get a fair crack of the whip tener la oportunidad de demostrar lo que vale
to give sb a fair crack of the whip dar la oportunidad a algn de demostrar lo que vale
he got a fair crack of the whip they don't want any favours, just a fair crack of the whip Personally, I don't think I got a fair crack of the whip given a fair crack of the whip, you could make a satisfying job out of this if you stay put
4 (blow) golpe (m)
he got a nasty crack on the head se llevó un buen golpe en la cabeza
he gave him quite a crack
5 (attempt) intento (m)
to have or take a crack at sth intentar algo; he was anxious to have the first crack at it estaba deseoso de ser el primero en intentarlo
I'd love to have a crack at the Olympic title she decided to take another crack at phoning him
6 (joke, insult) comentario (m) burlón
he made a silly crack about our new car hizo un chiste tonto sobre nuestro coche nuevo
7 (drug) crack (m)
he was caught smoking crack in a hotel room
8
at the crack of dawn al romper el alba; I'm not getting up at the crack of dawn! (informal) ¡no me voy a levantar con el canto del gallo! (informal)
I often start work at the crack of dawn
9 (fun)
it's good crack es muy divertido
I enjoy playing with kids, it's a good crack what they most liked about foreign driving was the crack
adjective
[+team, sportsperson, troops] de primera
a crack gymnast police officer, soldier a crack undercover police officer
he's a crack shot es un tirador de primera
transitive verb
1 (break) [+glass, pottery] rajar; [+wood, ground, wall] agrietar; resquebrajar; [+ice] resquebrajar; [+skin] agrietar; [+person] derrotar
the Bush campaign is trying to crack Clinton I thought I had cracked him when I went 9-3 up, but Peter never gave up I threw stones to crack the ice on the pond she cracked a cup while she was washing up crack the stone into clean, flat layers years of exposure to sunlight had cracked the window frames/the surface of the table she took the small tablet, cracked it with her thumbnail, inserted half into Pamela's although the courts ordered bussing to desegregate the schools, they couldn't crack the social barriers that resisted integration in white, old ethnic neighborhoods forward-thinkers couldn't crack the social barriers that resisted change
to crack sb's resolve hacerle perder la determinación a algn
how are we going to crack his resolve?
2 (break open) [+nut] cascar; [+egg] cascar; romper; [+safe] forzar; [+market] entrar en; introducirse en; [+drugs/spy ring] desarticular
to crack (open) a bottle (informal) abrir una botella
last week Customs officials cracked a cannabis smuggling ring crack the eggs into a bowl let's crack another bottle boil the crab, then crack the shell and remove the meat American companies are trying to crack Japan's construction market
3 (hit) golpear
he fell and cracked his head on the pavement se cayó y se golpeó la cabeza con la acera
to crack sb over the [head] to crack sb's/one's head [open] to crack one's [skull]
4 (cause to sound) [+whip] chasquear; restallar; [+finger joints] hacer crujir
he cracked his fingers nervously he stretched and cracked his knuckles
to crack the whip apretarle a algn las clavijas
no wonder your boss has to crack the whip to keep you in line
5 (tell) [+joke] contar
when she does crack a joke, people really don't know how to react to it this gave her a cue to crack a joke and break into an infectious laugh
to crack jokes bromear; contar chistes
he drove, cracked jokes and talked about beer and girls
6 (solve) [+problem, case] resolver; [+code] descifrar
the police think they've cracked it la policía cree haberlo resuelto
I think we've cracked the problem he was determined to crack his weight problem police are concerned about vigilantes trying to crack crime he's cracked the system after years of painstaking research
7
to crack a smile sonreír
we tried to cheer him up but he didn't even crack a smile to find or catch he was surfing all day but hardly cracked a wave
intransitive verb
1 (break) [+glass, pottery] rajarse; [+wall, wood, ground] agrietarse; resquebrajarse; [+ice] resquebrajarse; [+skin] agrietarse
there are holes in the roof and the walls are beginning to crack skin is more likely to crack when it's stretched or irritated heavy loads on the bridge were causing it to crack a gas main had cracked under my neighbour's garage she fell and felt her ribs crack
2 [+voice] (with emotion) quebrarse
her voice cracked and she began to cry If you go from octave to octave and you're not warmed up, and your voice cracks,that is also very embarrassing having your voice crack # there's no way that you can hide that from your audience
3 (yield, break down) [+person] desmoronarse
I thought his nerve would crack creía que iba a perder el valor
he swore he was going to give up smoking but it wasn't long before his resolve cracked she's calm and strong, she's not going to crack give him a few more hours interrogation and I think he'll crack there are fears that the coalition will crack
to crack under the strain [+person] desmoronarse bajo la presión; sufrir una crisis nerviosa a cause de la presión; [+relationship] desmoronarse; [+alliance] desmoronarse or quebrantarse bajo la presión
their relationship is likely to crack under the strain of trying to bring up five children and hold down two jobs European countries are showing signs of cracking under pressure from the United States
4 (make noise) [+thunder] retumbar; [+whip] chasquear; [+dry wood, joints] crujir
thunder cracked in the sky her knee joints cracked as she tried to get up
5
to get cracking poner manos a la obra; you'd better get cracking más te vale poner manos a la obra; I promised to get cracking on or with the decorating le prometí que empezaría a pintar inmediatamente
you've got everything you need, now get cracking! unless we get cracking we'll lose this election
modifier
crack cocaine (n) crack (m)
crack house (n) (Drugs) lugar donde se vende crack or cocaína dura
It is 6pm on Wednesday in the "crack house", the dealer's base for making, selling and smoking the drug
crack
masculine noun
1. (narcotic drug) 
a. crack 
Su hijo era drogadicto y murió de una sobredosis de crack.His son was a drug addict who died from a crack overdose.
2. (outstandingly good person) 
a. star 
¿Has conseguido entradas para todos? ¡Eres un crack!Have you gotten tickets for everyone? You're a star!
b. whiz 
No es él, sino su mujer la que es la verdadera crack de las finanzas.It's not him but his wife who's the true finance whiz.
3. (sports) 
a. star player 
Es un crack en el fútbol; domina la pelota como nadie.He's a star soccer player; he can control the ball as no one else can.
b. crack player 
Es innegable que Nadal y Federer son unos cracks del tenis.Nadal and Federer are undeniably crack tennis players.
4. (horse) 
a. champion horse 
El crack American Pharaoh ganó la Triple Corona de la hípica en 2015.The champion horse American Pharaoh won horse racing's Triple Crown in 2015.
crack
Noun
1. (estrella) 
a. star, superstar 
2. (finance) 
a. crash 
3. (droga) 
a. crack 
crack
1 (Latinoamérica) (Dep) (persona) top player; star player; (caballo) champion horse
2 (droga) crack (muy_familiar)
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