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Crack, vb. 1) trans. a) to break with a noise, to split: “--ing the stones of the prunes,” Meas. II, 1, 110. “a fusty nut,” Troil. II, 1, 111. “nuts,” Rom. III, 1, 21. “--ed many a ring,” Compl. 45. “my lace,” Wint. III, 2, 174. “a vial,” R2 I, 2, 19. “a mirror,” IV, 289. R3 II, 2, 52. “c. the glass of her virginity,” Per. IV, 6, 151. “--ing ten thousand curbs,” Cor. I, 1, 72.
b) to break, to rend in any manner, in a physical as well as moral sense: “c. my sinews,” Tp. III, 1, 26. “he --s his gorge,” Wint. II, 1, 44. “the tackle of my heart is --ed,” John V, 7, 52. “--ed crowns,” H4A II, 3, 96. “from my shoulders c. my arms,” H6A I, 5, 11. “c. thy lungs,” Troil. IV, 5, 7. “a --ed drachm,” Cor. I, 5, 6. “c. your cheeks,” Lr. III, 2, 1. “nature's moulds,” Lr. III, 2, 1 “heart, c. thy frail case,” Ant. IV, 14, 41. “--ing the strong warrant of an oath,” R2 IV, 235. “he has --ed the league,” H8 II, 2, 25. “though all the world should c. their duty,” III, 2, 193. “the unity of states,” Troil. I, 3, 99. “a --ed heart,” Cor. V, 3, 9. Lr. II, 1, 92. “the bond 'twixt son and father,” I, 2, 118. “her bond of chastity,” Cymb. V, 5, 207. “word and oath,” Per. I, 2, 121.
c) to impair, to weaken: “not to c. the wind of the poor phrase,” Hml. I, 3, 108 (cf. Wind). no reason I should reserve my -- ed one (sc. life) “to more care,” Cymb. IV, 4, 50. Used of the voice, == to make hoarse and soundless: O time's extremity, hast “thou so --ed and splitted my poor tongue,” Err. V, 308. “c. my clear voice with sobs,” Troil. IV, 2, 114. “c. the lawyer's voice,” Tim. IV, 3, 153. “pray God, your voice, like a piece of uncurrent gold, be not --ed within the ring,” Hml. II, 2, 448 (cf. the subst. in Cymb. IV, 2, 236).
d) to open and drink: “c. a quart together,” H4B V, 3, 66.
e) to utter in a blustering manner: “our brags were --ed of kitchen-trulls,” Cymb. V, 5, 177.
2) intr. a) to break, to burst: “my charms c. not,” Tp. V, 2. “my heart is ready to c.” Wiv. II, 2, 301. cf. Hml. V, 2, 370 and Per. III, 2, 77. “as thunder when the clouds in autumn c.” Shr. I, 2, 96. “make your shoulders c.” John II, 146. “the strings of life began to c.” Lr. V, 3, 217. “the heaven's vault should c.” Lr. V, 3, 217 “his shipping --ed 'gainst our rocks,” Cymb. III, 1, 28.
b) to bluster, to brag: “Ethiopes of their sweet complexion c.” LLL IV, 3, 268.
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