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crank

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1crank/ˈkræŋk/noun
pluralcranks
1crank
/ˈkræŋk/
noun
pluralcranks
Learner's definition of CRANK  
[count]
: a machine part with a handle that can be turned in a circular motion to move something
informal + usually disapproving 
: a person who has strange ideas or thinks too much about one thing
   b US : a person who is often angry or easily annoyed
: grouch
2crank/ˈkræŋk/verb
crankscrankedcranking
2crank
/ˈkræŋk/
verb
crankscrankedcranking
Learner's definition of CRANK  
[+ object]
: to move (something) by turning a crank— usually + up or down
informal : to increase (something) especially by a large amount— usually + up
: to start or try to start (an engine) by using a crank or some other method to get it moving
US, informal : to move (something) in a circular motion

crank out

[phrasal verb]
crank out (something)informal or crank (something) out 
: to produce (something) quickly or carelessly
3crank/ˈkræŋk/adjective
3crank
/ˈkræŋk/
adjective
Learner's definition of CRANK  
always used before a noun
: made or sent as a joke or to cause harm
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