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crackup

[krak-uhp] /ˈkrækˌʌp/
noun
1.
a crash; collision.
2.
a breakdown in health, especially a mental breakdown.
3.
collapse or disintegration:
the crackup of an alliance.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; noun use of verb phrase crack up
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British Dictionary definitions for crackup

crack up

verb (adverb)
1.
(intransitive) to break into pieces
2.
(intransitive) (informal) to undergo a physical or mental breakdown
3.
(transitive) (informal) to present or report, esp in glowing terms: it's not all it's cracked up to be
4.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) to laugh or cause to laugh uproariously or uncontrollably
noun
5.
(informal) a physical or mental breakdown
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Slang definitions & phrases for crackup

crackup

noun
  1. A collision, crash, etc: a bad car crackup/ airline crackup (1926+)
  2. A mental or emotional breakdown: Have you read Fitzgerald's The Crackup? (1930s+)
  3. A very funny person or thing: His Cagney sketch is a crackup (1960s+)

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