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crank in/into (something)

To factor in or integrate as a necessary element of something. Your bonuses and potential overtime pay are not cranked into your gross salary calculations. We'll have to crank in potential environmental impacts when planning the new factory.
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turn (someone's) crank

To excite or arouse the interest of someone. To be honest, science never turned my crank in school. I was always more interested in literature.
See also: crank, turn

crank out

To do or complete something quickly (and perhaps with a loss of quality as a result). A noun or pronoun can be used between "crank" and "out." With the deadline looming, the staff was able to crank out the layout in just a few hours, thank goodness. I write a novel every few years, but that author seems to crank one out every few months!
See also: crank, out

crank up

1. Literally, to turn a crank on something so that it starts working. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crank" and "up." Annabelle was thrilled when I cranked up the music box for her.
2. To prompt or cause someone to do something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crank" and "up." I know I'm supposed to be researching right now, but I've had a really hard time cranking myself up to do it.
3. To intensify. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crank" and "up." If we don't crank up our efforts, we'll never meet our goal for the fundraiser.
4. To start. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crank" and "up." You need to crank up this project now, in order to finish it by the deadline.
5. To raise the volume of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crank" and "up." Hey, that's a great song—crank up the radio!
See also: crank, up

crank someone up

Fig. to motivate; to get someone started. (See also crank something up.) See if you can crank up your brother and get him going on time today. Some mornings, I can't crank myself up enough to get to work on time.
See also: crank, up

crank something out

Fig. to produce something quickly or carelessly; to make something in a casual and mechanical way. John can crank a lot of work out in a single day. The automated production line could really crank out parts, but the quality was shoddy.
See also: crank, out

crank something up

1. to get a machine or a process started. (Alludes to turning the starting crank of an early automobile.) Please crank the machinery so the workers can start working. Let's crank up the drill and make a few holes here in the wall.
2. to increase the volume of an electronic device. He cranked it up a little more and CRACK, there went both speakers! Kelly cranked up his stereo until we were nearly deafened.
See also: crank, up

crank in

Factor in, integrate, as in We'll have to crank in both state and federal taxes when we make our plans. [Slang; 1960s]
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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

crank out

Produce, especially mechanically or rapidly, as in I don't know how he can crank out a novel a year. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: crank, out

crank up

1. Get started, as in The theater season is cranking up with four benefit performances. This expression transfers the literal sense of crank, "operate a motor by turning a crank," to starting any activity. [Slang; 1930s]
2. Stimulate or intensify one's efforts. For example, We've got to crank up enthusiasm for this new product, or Close to the election the campaign really cranked up. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: crank, up

crank out

To produce, especially mechanically and rapidly: The secretary cranked out one memo after another. I know you're tired of stuffing envelopes, but you need to crank them out.
See also: crank, out

crank up

1. To cause a machine to start working by or as if by turning a crank: The mechanic cranked up the antique car to show us how it worked. We waved goodbye as the pilot cranked the engines up.
2. To put something into action: The producers cranked up a massive publicity campaign before releasing the film.
3. To motivate someone: I could barely crank myself up to get to school this morning. An emcee came out before the performance and cranked up the crowd.
4. To cause something to intensify, as in volume or force: I cranked up the stereo when my favorite song came on. We cranked the motor up to 4200 rpm.
See also: crank, up

bathtub crank

n. homemade amphetamine. (From bathtub gin.) Somehow she got hold of some bathtub crank and had a really bad trip.
See also: bathtub, crank


1. n. a crackpot; a bothersome person with a bogus message. A crank called with a bomb threat.
2. mod. bogus; false; phony. We had four crank calls threatening to blow up the Eiffel tower.
3. n. a crabby person. (Collegiate.) Why are you such a crank? Is something wrong in your life?

crank bugs

n. a drug-induced hallucination that insects are crawling under one’s skin. (Drugs.) There’s no such thing as crank bugs, so stop scratching them.
See also: bug, crank

crank something out

tv. to produce something; to make a lot of something. She can crank mystery novels out like fury. They’re all good, too.
See also: crank, out, something

crank something up

1. tv. to start something up. (Probably alludes to the old style car that had to be started with a crank.) I’ll go out and crank the car up so it can warm up.
2. tv. to increase the volume of an electronic device. Kelly cranked up his stereo until we were nearly deafened.
See also: crank, something, up


mod. exciting; excellent. We had a massively cranking time at your place.
See also: crank

yank someone’s crank

tv. to tease a male sexually. Don’t pay any attention to her. She’s just yanking your crank.
See also: crank, yank
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The average torque in the compression stroke and the expansion stroke are approximately equal in the second stroke period for a crank angle of between 180 to 360 degrees.
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One of the interesting aspects of this job is that the cranks are self-tempering because we can control the thermal inputs so precisely," said Schwarz.
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