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crack a joke

To say something funny; to tell a joke. The teacher scolded me for cracking a joke in the middle of class.
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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.
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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]
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crack a ˈjoke

tell a joke: He’s always cracking jokes in class.
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References in classic literature ?
He took his seat, asked if there were any old patients for him to see, rapidly passed them in review, looking at them with shrewd eyes as he discussed their symptoms, cracked a joke (at which all the clerks laughed heartily) with the H.
The 59-year-old, who won the best actor award at the Cannes International Film Festival last May for his lead role in the dark but funny drama, even cracked a joke when asked about working for himself.
PLANE passengers were furious after the captain cracked a joke about Liverpool as they flew over the city from Belfast.