Definition of cracking in English:



  • 1attributive Excellent.

    ‘he is in cracking form to win this race’
    as submodifier ‘a cracking good story’
    • ‘Just for good measure, there are a couple of cracking follow-up letters in today's Daily Express.’
    • ‘Sounds excellent - The Herald gave it a cracking write-up too.’
    • ‘Bill Nicholson was a brilliant manager and a cracking bloke and he was a North Yorkshireman.’
    • ‘This is a cracking good story, funny, sad, thrilling, and thought provoking.’
    • ‘The 2.2 is a cracking unit and offers excellent economy too.’
    • ‘That cracking result completed a hat-trick of class two wins for Craig and he will be aiming to make it five next weekend.’
    • ‘The nine-year-old has been in cracking form lately, winning at Musselburgh and Catterick.’
    • ‘For anyone willing to invest the time and the emotion, this is a cracking album, worthy of critical acclaim.’
    • ‘Cononley move into second after a cracking eight-wicket win over at Pendle Forest.’
    • ‘I outlasted other divers and gained some cracking close-ups of hammerhead sharks, great rays and grey reef sharks.’
    • ‘A cracking evening with fine sets from both bands.’
    • ‘The Jets were in cracking form and simply too powerful, too quick and too talented in all departments.’
    • ‘The team is really up for it and we should have some excellent support on the day, making it a cracking match.’
    • ‘Their greater experience up front and ability to change tactics got them out of jail and won them a cracking contest.’
    • ‘A cracking game though, and overall the best team won.’
    • ‘It has a cracking beer garden, superb ale selection and an ambient atmosphere.’
    • ‘Jeff King's seven-year-old is in cracking form, having won his last two races and a hat-trick is on the cards here.’
    • ‘We were in pursuit of a cracking story and we couldn't stop talking about it.’
    • ‘Chris Dolan clearly knows how to tell a cracking story.’
    • ‘He did nearly score two cracking goals.’
    fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior
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    1. 1.1 Fast and exciting.
      ‘the story rips along at a cracking pace’
      • ‘Although still without a win this season, this multi-talented five-year-old has run two cracking races.’
      • ‘McGovern gives the story believable characters, a cracking pace and draws out themes that make it relevant for today.’
      • ‘It's brash, lively and moves along at a cracking pace - but it's not the all-conquering success that its hype suggests.’
      • ‘This action-packed cop thriller rattles along at a cracking pace, with strong performances from all the leading players.’
      • ‘Giving it their all the Czech Republic took off at a cracking pace in the first of four heats.’
      • ‘The Army side played at a cracking pace in the first half and were up 8 nil at half time.’
      • ‘These initiates were not be disappointed with a match which started at a cracking pace.’
      • ‘Even so, the Americans set off at a cracking pace northwards towards Baghdad.’
      • ‘Once the breakage was fixed, four of the five boats took off at a cracking pace with Germany in the lead.’
      • ‘Howard, a lively 65-year-old, sets a cracking pace for the nation and is renowned for his brisk morning walk.’
      • ‘With this in mind Switzerland's Stephan Steiner took off at a cracking pace in heat one and never looked back.’
      • ‘Clarke's book begins at a cracking pace - it's like being thrown into some sort of action movie or political thriller.’
      • ‘The former champion ran such a cracking race in third.’
      • ‘Risk assets are being grown at a cracking pace, while the profit margin earned on them is shrinking.’
      • ‘Not the least of their virtues is that they are written at a cracking pace.’
      • ‘Officially atheist China is growing at a cracking pace.’
      • ‘Australia's top single sculler, Amber Halliday took off at a cracking pace.’
      • ‘The four girls ran a cracking 4x100m relay to record a second consecutive relay win in the League.’
      • ‘A good thing then that the story is so brilliantly held and told at such a cracking pace.’
      • ‘Played at a cracking pace, this final had drama, referee's calls being queried and a finish that went right down to the wire.’
      • ‘They took off at a cracking pace and never looked back.’
      speedy, quick, swift, rapid
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