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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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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.
Mr McGlade doesn't believe it was a crank call and has reported the threats to police.
Radio listeners thought it was a crank call when an amateur clairvoyant contacted a phone-in back in September to predict that Boro would be involved in two Cup finals, win one and be faced with a relegation battle.
Simi Valley police dispatcher Lynn Freeman was about to hang up on what she thought was a crank call to the 911 emergency line when she heard the slightest of sounds.
Parent council chairman Mark Cooke, 39, said: "We don't know if it was a one-off crank call or whether it was made by someone with a grudge.
Malcolm Harris, who is the Mal Sirrah designer, had thought it was a crank call when Jolie called him last week to order three of his "One Dress" frocks.
I can hardly make out what she is whispering and initially think it is a crank call.
This did not appear to be a crank call and the information was felt credible enough to warrant the couple being informed immediately.
After questioning the children, Bergman said a police officer apologized for the incident, saying he believed police had received a crank call from one of the daughter's friends.
He is famous for his crank call windups, including waking up former US president Bll Clinton.
It didn't appear to be a crank call and the information was felt credible enough to warrant the couple being informed immediately.
A police source said: "This did not appear to be a crank call.
The elderly operator took a crank call from a man who bellowed down the line: "I want to bonk you, I want to bonk you.
All the players' rooms were searched but obviously it turned out to be a crank call," Fergie added.
WHEN Ryan's (Chris Evans, from The Perfect Score) mobile goes off and a woman (Kim Basinger) on the other end claims she has been kidnapped, he's ready to dismiss it as a crank call.