American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Slang Variant of crackerjack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Extraordinarily or exceptionally fine; ‘bang-up.’
- n. Something, as a horse, a bicycle, or the like, that is extraordinarily fine; a ‘bang-up’ thing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Slang An individual of marked ability or excellence, esp. in some sport.
- n. United States A preparation of popped corn, candied and pressed into small cakes.
- adj. Slang Of marked ability or excellence.
“You've had a lot of experience with housekeeping, aunty, and don't you think," Kennicott appealed, "that it would be sensible to have a nice square house, and pay more attention to getting a crackajack furnace than to all this architecture and doodads?”
“Junior, Simon, and Aaron all became crackajack clockmakers, especially”
“Sometimes, though, it happens that an order comes for a crackajack fine yarn of the best possible quality and then another combing or carding process follows which takes out everything shorter than fibers of a specified length.”
“Terence Reardon is a crackajack chief engineer, and I want you to remember that the Blue Star Navigation Company needs him in its business quite as much as it needs Michael J. Murphy, and if you two get scrapping I'm not going to take the trouble to investigate and place the blame.”
“Ellabelle was a crackajack housekeeper and had plenty of time to lie out in the hammock and read 'Lucile' of afternoons.”
“I am no great judge of the pipes myself, but he strikes me as a crackajack and I shouldn't be surprised if he would make you all sit up.”
““that it would be sensible to have a nice square house, and pay more attention to getting a crackajack furnace than to all this architecture and doodads?””
“When they finally returned to the Warrens 'modest house, the wily chauffeur, looking after them as they walked along the nasturtium-bordered path that led to the porch, winked the wink of one on the inside, and smiled broadly as he murmured: "She's a crackajack!”
“Doris plays the guitar and has a pleasing voice, and just for good measure I threw in a crackajack cabinet phonograph and a hundred records with enough sentimental drip to sink the schooner. ”
“Keen, observing, not too talkative, a hard worker, temperate in his habits and a crackajack engineer to boot. ”
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