have a crack at

(redirected from whack at)

have a crack at (something)

To attempt (to do) something; to take a turn trying (to do) something. Well, I haven't fixed a motor in nearly 10 years, but I'll certainly have a crack at it. You had your chance trying to break the piñata, now let your sister have a crack at it.
See also: crack, have

have a crack at

Also, get or have a go or shot or whack at ; take a crack at. Make an attempt or have a turn at doing something. For example, Let me have a crack at assembling it, or I had a shot at it but failed, or Dad thinks he can-let him have a go at it, or Dave had a whack at changing the tire, or Jane wants to take a crack at it. The oldest of these colloquialisms is have a shot at, alluding to firing a gun and first recorded in 1756; crack and go date from the 1830s, and whack from the late 1800s.
See also: crack, have

have a crack at

make an attempt at doing, achieving, or winning (something).
See also: crack, have
References in classic literature ?
I reckon our pow- wows won't do us or anyone much harm, so let's have another whack at the whence, why and whither this evening, doctor.
It got half of it," he announced; "but I got a whack at it jes' the same.
A moviemaker better have one hell of a compelling reason to have another whack at Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 novel that has already spawned a 1959 film version with Jeanne Moreau; Christopher Hampton's incomparable play starring Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman; director Stephen Frears's elegantly spidery 1988 film starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich; and Milos Forman's 1989 also-ran Valmont.
In fact, Clinton's first whack at putting his imprint on the nation's economy, which included a tax increase, was such a disaster that the Republican Party seized Congress in 1994.
According to author Stewart Holbrook, Douglas-fir logging began with one Clement Adams Bradbury, a native of Saco, Maine, who on January 15, 1847, spat on his hands, grabbed his double-bitted ax, and took his first whack at the biggest tree he had ever seen, a fir eight feet in diameter near Astoria, Oregon.
The traffic sensors are out of whack at more than a dozen intersections in Valencia, Newhall and Canyon Country.
car show are invited to ``take a whack at cancer,'' to swing a sledgehammer at the car - for a fee.