Definition of crackerjack in US English:



North American
  • Exceptionally good.

    ‘a crackerjack eye surgeon’
    • ‘Coming at it fresh will preserve its near-perfect crackerjack comic timing.’
    • ‘CJ must deal with a disgruntled General and her scene sizzles with crackerjack writing.’
    • ‘That should again be the case this evening, so fans will surely be in for a crackerjack encounter.’
    • ‘And the band, well, you'll not find a crackerjack band like this on many stages.’
    • ‘The good thing about Tom Fontana, creator of this crackerjack show, is that he always avoids the obvious conclusion.’
    • ‘There are the trademark Tarantino touches like the pop culture references and crackerjack dialogue.’
    • ‘The rest of the series struggles to reach the premiere's giddy sense of crackerjack timing.’
    • ‘Along with a crackerjack game of bowls, the afternoon will feature raffles, prizes and show bags.’
    • ‘That community came in handy when the songwriter needed a crackerjack band.’
    • ‘Abetted by moody cinematography and crackerjack editing, it moves like a shot.’
    • ‘The two leads give crackerjack performances, their timing, dynamism and interaction almost flawless.’
    • ‘Best of all, Germany's crackerjack Ensemble Modern played the luminous score with extraordinary virtuosity.’
    • ‘It should be a crackerjack show with entertainment of the crowd the main priority.’
    • ‘Along the way, we, as a bunch of guys, have acquired a few crackerjack insights that I'm glad to pass along.’
    • ‘But it is a series for everyone interested in a crackerjack thriller with a knockout ending.’
    • ‘The corporations always have a battalion of crackerjack lawyers to defend themselves.’
    • ‘And this is what my late advisor Jack Thomas would have called a crackerjack piece.’
    • ‘Groomed for a military career, Boulogne became a crackerjack equestrian, swordsman, and sportsman.’
    • ‘It would also require assembling and developing a crackerjack team.’
    • ‘His Las Vegas-style lounge stylings were supported by a crackerjack band featuring a stellar four-piece horn section.’
    expert, skilled, skilful, masterly, virtuoso, master, consummate, proficient, accomplished, talented, gifted, adept, adroit, deft, dexterous, able, good, competent, capable, efficient, experienced, seasoned, trained, practised
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North American
  • An exceptionally good person or thing.

    • ‘‘He ought to have a crackerjack of a speech,’ former President Ford says simply.’
    • ‘We are shown early on that he's a crackerjack with the pistol.’
    • ‘At 5-1 third-favourite, Proudwings represents great each-way value in what promises to be a crackerjack of a race.’
    • ‘All in all, a crackerjack of a race is guaranteed.’
    • ‘The boy's uncle described his nephew as naughty, like his father, but a crackerjack in school.’
    • ‘The other five are all potential crackerjacks and it is a contest which is going to answer a lot of questions.’
    • ‘Rugby fans can expect one crackerjack of a game this evening.’
    • ‘The movie is pure crackerjack: Not a single scene fails to push the plot forward.’
    • ‘Fail-Safe was and remains a real crackerjack of a film.’
    genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, doyen, authority, veteran
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