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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.  
  (BRIT)  
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.  
  (AM)   (=start up)  
...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.   (=turn up)  
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.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
The legal authorities cranked up the investigation.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
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crank up, cranky, crank up, crane

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