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Brewer's: Crack

as a crack man, a first-rate fellow; a crack hand at cards, a first-rate player; a crack article, an excellent one, i.e. an article cracked up or boasted about. This is the Latin crepo, to …

Brewer's: Cracked

Made a bankrupt. A play on “rupt,” which is from the Latin rumpo, to break. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Cracked PipkinsCrack Up a Person A B …

Brewer's: Monkey

(A). 500. (See Marygold.) Monkey = the Devil; an imp of mischief. Hence, a meddlesome child is spoken to as “you little monkey;” and is called “a regular imp,” or…

Francis Crick

Name at birth: Francis Harry Compton CrickFrancis Crick was 35 when he began working with fellow scientist James Watson to discover the makeup of DNA, the genetic code of life. In 1953 they came up w…

Francis Crick 2004 Deaths

Francis CrickAge: 88 molecular biologist who in 1959 with James Watson codiscovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the chemical that carries hereditary characteri…

The Crack of the Whip

The Question: Why does a whip make a "crack" noise? The Answer: The "crack" occurs when the wave of motion traveling down a whip surpasses the s…

Brewer's: Crack a Crib

(To). To break into a house as a thief. (See Crib.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Crack Up a PersonCrack a Bottle A B C D E F G H I J K L M N …

Brewer's: Cracked Pipkins

Cracked pipkins are discovered by their sound. Ignorance is betrayed by speech. They bid you talk—my honest song Bids you for ever hold your tongue; Silence with some is wisdom most p…

Brewer's: Crack a Bottle

—i.e. drink one. The allusion is to the mischievous pranks of the drunken frolics of times gone by, when the bottles and glasses were broken during the bout. Miss Oldbuck says, in re…

Monkey Man

The "Monkey Man" was an unknown creature which allegedly attacked several dozen people near Delhi, India in early 2001. Rumors about the attacker, described as part man and part monkey, led to public …