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Marian could walk out of any crack-up without a bruise, but I couldn't.

But the way he took off shows he planned to disappear—a crack-up on top of that would be too much of a coincidence.

Raf circled twice, eyeing the surface of the roof in search of any break which could mean a crack-up at landing.

Some brave soul had hauled me out of that crack-up before the fuel tank went up in the fire.

Nor was there a trace anywhere in a vast circle—almost a half mile they searched—from the crack-up.

The puzzle began to go around and around in my head again, all the way back to that gleaming road and the crack-up.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cracian "make a sharp noise," from Proto-Germanic *krakojan (cf. Middle Dutch craken, Dutch kraken, German krachen), probably imitative. Related: Cracked; cracking. To crack a smile is from 1840s; to crack the whip in the figurative sense is from 1940s.

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