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

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]
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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.

crank out

v.
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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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