crack up


crack up
crack up
1. to have a wreck. •

The plane cracked up and killed two of the passengers.

Whose car cracked up on the expressway?

2. to break out in laughter. •

The whole audience cracked up.

I knew I would crack up during the love scene.

3. Sl. to have a mental or emotional breakdown. •

The poor guy cracked up. It was too much for him.

You would crack up, too, if you had been through all he went through.

4. an accident; a wreck. (Usually crack-up.) •

There was a terrible crack-up on the expressway.

There were four cars in the crack-up.

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{v.} 1. To wreck or be wrecked; smash up. * /The airplane cracked up in landing./ * /He cracked up his car./ 2. {informal} To become mentally ill under physical or mental overwork or worry. * /He had kept too busy for years, and when failures came, he cracked up./ * /It seemed to be family problems that made him crack up./ 3. Burst into laughter or cause to burst into laughter. * /That comedian cracks me up./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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