to "crack" in US

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 15 20:18:26 UTC 2011

OED (v., 15) appears to have no U.S. exx.

1918 _St. Joseph [Mo.] Observer_ (Sept. 21) 7: Hain't had his clothes
off for a week. Looks to me like he's about ready to crack.

BTW, the freq. mod. nuance, "to suffer a mental or emotional
breakdown" (as above) is not mentioned.


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