Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In cutting tools, the hollowing out of the tool immediately behind the cutting edge. This is done in order that the tool may have a tendency to spring back and out, rather than dig into work, when making a heavy cut.
- n. The operation of turning a crank, specifically in order to start an internal-combustion motor, as in a motor-car.
- v. present participle of crank.
“The difficulty in cranking out more law school graduates is that law students are expensive to educate.”
“When our critique group holds two-week challenges where we set our own personal daily word count goals, I find I am most consistent in cranking out the words.”
“If networks like the Sci Fi Channel, or whatever they are calling themselves, continue to see some monetary value in cranking out low budget dreck then there will always be more of that than quality sci fi.”
“When you begin cranking numbers, it makes sense to remember that when you put garbage in, you get garbage out! —”
“I don't mean to suggest that writers should begin cranking out polemics.”
“However, how the term "cranking" - British slang for somebody is crying and wanking at the same time - can be used in any sort of tribute is a bit beyond us.”
“I’ve never believed in cranking choke tubes into the muzzle super-tight, but I do make sure they are firmly seated, then I nervously check them periodically during a day in the field or at the range.”
“Soulja Boy's instructional video on how to "Crank That" inspired a dance craze which had everyone "cranking," including Santa, a children's ballet class and "Kosha Boy.”
“We've got, this is all from the storm that brought the tornadoes to Oklahoma, throughout the southeast, now it's kind of cranking itself up across parts of the northeast.”
“So, you know, are you really kind of cranking up the momentum of trying to reintroduce yourself to a lot of folks who don't, you know, who don't consider you a front-runner even though you're maybe the front-runner in terms of fund-raising?”
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