crank ( cranks plural & 3rd person present) ( cranking present participle) ( cranked past tense & past participle )
1 n-count If you call someone a crank, you think their ideas or behaviour are strange.
INFORMAL, disapproval The Prime Minister called Councillor Marshall `a crank'...
2 n-count A crank is a device that you turn in order to make something move.
3 verb If you crank an engine or machine, you make it move or function, especially by turning a handle.
The chauffeur got out to crank the motor. V n crank up
1 phrasal verb If you crank up a machine or a device, you make it function harder or at a greater level.
Just crank up your hearing aid a peg or two. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
2 phrasal verb If you crank up a machine or device, you start it.
...May's warm weather, which caused Americans to crank up their air conditioners. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
3 phrasal verb If you crank up the volume of something, you turn it up until it is very loud.
Someone cranked up the volume of the public address system... V P n (not pron)
By about six, they're cranking the music up loud again. V n P adj, Also V n P
4 phrasal verb To crank something up means to increase it or make it more intense.
The legal authorities cranked up the investigation. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
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