crack a joke

crack a joke

to tell a joke. She's never serious. She's always cracking jokes. Every time Tom cracked a joke, his buddies broke up laughing.
See also: crack, joke

crack a joke

Make a joke, say something humorous, as in You can count on Grandpa to crack a joke on every occasion. This expression uses the verb to crack in the now obsolete sense of "briskly pronounce" or "boast." [Early 1700s]
See also: crack, joke
References in classic literature ?
To be able to crack a joke about one's deepest feelings is the greatest test of their value.
A source at the base said: "Of course people are going to have a beer and crack a joke about the President's problems, but to be told they face a court martial is ridiculous.
They have been around for decades and, technically, if someone did crack a joke about the President in a public place, they could indeed face a court martial.