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take a crack at something

Slang definitions & phrases for take a crack at something

have a crack at something

verb phrase

(Variations: go or rip or ripple or shot or whack may replace crack) To make an attempt at something; have atry: He said he wasn't sure he could, but he'd have a crack at it (1836+)


take a bye

verb phrase

To decline; choose not to take; PASS something UP: The kid took a bye on breakfast

[1880s+; fr the term bye used when a participant in a tournament passes to the next level without playing, since he or she has drawn no opponent]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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