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crank letter

Also, crank call. An irrational, fanatical, or hostile letter or telephone call. For example, The office was flooded with mail, including a lot of crank letters, or Harriet was upset enough by the crank calls to notify the police. This expression employs crank in the sense of "irrational person." The first term dates from the mid-1900s, the variant from the 1960s.
See also: crank, letter
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I was so like Manuel from Fawlty Towers, I expect a crank call from Russell Brand any second.
So if you are bored feel free to send her abusive messages or do a crank call, its obviously what she's into," (sic) his post read as he included the number.
All it took was a crank call to send reason to fly out of the windows.
Not since poor Drew Barrymore answered a crank call in Scream has a film exploited stereotypes with such lip-smacking glee, and subverted our expectations at every blood-spattered turn.
Not since Drew Barrymore answered a crank call in Scream has a film exploited stereotypes with such lip-smacking glee, and subverted our expectations at every blood-spattered turn.
Not since poor Drew Barrymore answered a crank call in Scream has a film exploited stereotypes with such glee, and subverted our expectations at every blood-spattered turn.
While reviewing helpline number 100, the Home Secretary directed that whenever a call is received, the nearest PCR vehicle must reach and investigate the cause except where prima-facie, it is a crank call.
They have apologised for the crank call and are reportedly receiving psychological counselling to deal with the consequences of their actions.
a) Rocky b) Die Hard c) Crank CALL 0901 609 2900 and follow instructions.
It would be wrong for us to vote with our feet on something that may be just a crank call.
FORMER England skipper Terry Butcher thought the offer to become Scotland assistant manager was a crank call.
The brother thought he had been the victim of a crank call and only realised its significance after being told his sister and her children had been found murdered.
In the case of crank calls, according to Marinello, with Kean's new system, security personnel can use the OTM to trace these calls to the source, and the offending parties can be dealt with appropriately and in a timely fashion.
They tend to think that survey research phone calls are crank calls.