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 Meanings and Examples of CRANK
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crank
 n.  device for rotary motion, by handle or arm; bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage; twist or turn in speech
Classic Sentence:
1  "I'm going to bring a black boy here to educate," said Beriah Green, as only a crank and an abolitionist would have dared to say.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Get Context   In XII
2  The average crank has a long beard, poorly cared for, a lean, narrow face, and wears a black coat.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography By Booker T. Washington
Get Context   In Chapter XV.
3  Another Chicago crank had a scheme by which he wanted me to join him in an effort to close up all the National banks in the country.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography By Booker T. Washington
Get Context   In Chapter XV.
4  My 'crank ideas;' he calls them.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
5  Kennicott observed, "There's that old crank Wes Brannigan shooting off his mouth again."
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
6  Throughout the whole province "Uncle" had the reputation of being the most honorable and disinterested of cranks.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER VII
7  For Moscow society Pierre was the nicest, kindest, most intellectual, merriest, and most magnanimous of cranks, a heedless, genial nobleman of the old Russian type.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER I
8  Oh, of course there's a lot of cranks among the farmers same as there are among any class.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
9  Gradually the plans grew into a complicated mass of cranks and cog-wheels, covering more than half the floor, which the other animals found completely unintelligible but very impressive.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
10  At half-past three no one had come, and the grocery boy reluctantly got out, cranked his Ford, glared at them in a disillusioned manner, and rattled away.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
Example Sentence:
1  The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
2  Just crank up your hearing aid a peg or two.
3  Everybody famous gets crank calls and letters.
4  Zoff was originally dismissed as a crank, but his theories later became very influential.
5  The piston is the only movable part, the force of the steam is directed to that part, and the motion is then transmitted to the crank, and to the shaft of the engine.
6  I was laughed at, ridiculed, and generally called a crank for writing that article, however, each and every word have become true.
7  The legal authorities cranked up the investigation.