have a crack at

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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 ten 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).
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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.
If ever I trained for another fight, you bet I'd take a whack at plowin'.
At a candidates' forum last week, Steve Soboroff, Joel Wachs, Antonio Villaraigosa and Kathleen Connell all took turns taking a whack at their favorite rhetorical pinata - LAPD Chief Bernard C.
attorney and immigration activist Rick Swartz believes Congress will take another whack at legal immigrants next year.
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.
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.
In a tepid step toward that goal, Sony has hired screenwriter Robert Gordon to take a whack at it, according to Variety.
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.