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crackerjack

[krak-er-jak] /ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.
adjective
2.
of marked ability; exceptionally fine.
Also, crackajack.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; earlier crackajack, rhyming compound based on crack (adj.); -a- as in blackamoor; jack1 in sense “chap, fellow”
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British Dictionary definitions for crackerjack

crackerjack

/ˈkrækəˌdʒæk/
adjective
1.
excellent
noun
2.
a person or thing of exceptional quality or ability
Word Origin
C20: changed from crack (first-class) + jack1 (man)
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Slang definitions & phrases for crackerjack

crackerjack

modifier

: He estimates that a crackerjack examiner working under optimum conditions would find 10 to 15 percent of his cases to be inconclusive/ I'm a crackerjack story teller

noun

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc: Signorelli is a crackerjack

[late 1880s+; origin uncertain; perhaps a fanciful extension of cracker in the mid-19th-century British sense ''something approaching perfection,'' which is also reflected in terms like crack shot, crack troops, etc, and based on an echoic expression of speed; hence also cracking; the term is reinforced in the US by late 19th-century trademark Cracker Jack for a popcorn and peanut confection]


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