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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

crack a ˈjoke

tell a joke: He’s always cracking jokes in class.
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He toldme that when someone cracks a joke, they are just trying to crack you up, bond with you, or just make you happy.