This is not an idiom I've ever heard in American English. Thus, the crack of dawn will be at the beginning of the dawn. Generally the student gets the gist of a book in one reading, as a squirrel the kernel of a nut at one crack. On the other hand, I am more prone to understand the meaning of 'at a crack' via the collocation 'a crack of thunder' which suggests fastness, speed and unexpectedness. That was only two years ago, and now they were told that they had dropped that policy and that they had gone back upon it, simply, it appeared, because an obstacle had been interposed in the shape of a ricketty old institution known as the House of Lords. The police have cracked down on drug dealers; to crack down on illegal immigration.
Sorry for the lousy examples, but the best I can do right now. My experience tallies exactly with his danger signal. You can also look at the symbolism of the phrase. What remains on his shelves thereafter is only a shell. The spy finally cracked under their questioning and told them everything he knew.
To take a crack at something bigger. . He always gets high marks in his exams although he hardly cracks a textbook. What a picture of British pluck! If you have ever looked at the sun rising, you will have noticed that it seems like something is slowly splitting open. He cracked the peanuts between his finger and thumb.
Initially you will only be able to see a thin line of sunlight that progressively becomes wider. The door opened a crack. I've heard o' you boys often, and when the time came that I needed help, my mind went right to ye, and I swore I'd hev no others. Also, there's the expression 'at the crack of dawn' where 'crack' also suggests a certain immediacy. See also related terms for.
The window cracked down the middle. There's a crack in this cup. And get ready for school. You must be crackers to believe that! Provide details and share your research! The oldest of these colloquialisms is have a shot at, alluding to firing a gun and first recorded in 1756; crack and go date from the 1830s, and whack from the late 1800s. The crack of dawn would be the single second in which the sun appears above the horizon. He finally decided he would and when about eight rods off I let drive, dropping him at one crack. Origin There is no definitive origin for this phrase.
He made a crack about my big feet. In the story the old aunt died at the crack of dawn, just as the old apple tree cracked and fell. The idiom 'have a crack at' From Christine Ammer, American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms 1996 : have a crack at Also, get or have a go or shot or whack at; take a crack at. For example, Let me have a crack at assembling it, or I had a shot at it but failed, or Dad thinks he can—let him have a go at it, or Dave had a whack at changing the tire, or Jane wants to take a crack at it. One minute is it not there and the next it has appeared.
The twig cracked as I stepped on it. Three nations and a-half cowered at one crack of a lordly whip. The House of Lords had thrown Home Rule out, and at once three millions of people had dropped it in consequence. Make an attempt or have a turn at doing something. Now, the thought arose, will he come in the same place or won't he? To learn more, see our. From Lyman Abbot, 1872 : There are a few treaties that are worth reading and re-reading ; but they are exceptional.
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