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cracking (adj.)

"excellent, first-rate," 1830s, colloquial, present-participle adjective from crack (v.).

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Definitions of cracking
1
cracking (n.)
a sudden sharp noise;
he heard the cracking of the ice
Synonyms: crack / snap
cracking (n.)
the act of cracking something;
Synonyms: fracture / crack
cracking (n.)
the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process);
2
cracking (adj.)
very good;
Synonyms: bang-up / bully / corking / dandy / great / groovy / keen / neat / nifty / not bad / peachy / slap-up / swell / smashing / old
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