crack up

crack up

Meaning | Synonyms

  • go through an emotional breakdown
  • to burst into laughter or to laugh non-stop
  • start behaving in an abnormal manner
  • suffering from a mental collapse
  • lose control
  • go to pieces
  • have somebody in hysterics

Example Sentences

  1. The entire group cracked up at the joke of their teacher.
  2. I tried my best to control my emotions – but finally, I cracked up.
  3. I cracked up when the doctor observed a minute of silence.
  4. I was in a crack up when I shouted in front of everyone.
  5. I was supposed to appear serious in front of the audience, but it was so hard to control that I cracked up many times during the debate.
  6. I suggest you that do not stress much about your work otherwise you may crack up.
  7. He cracks me up whenever he tries to mimic me.


The idiom ‘crack up’ is derived from the word ‘crack’ which means to break down.

It is believed to be that ‘to crack someone up’ is an American idiom and it came from the 1600s. At that time, Women used to apply a thick layer of makeup on their face so whenever they laughed it would crack up and appeared flaky. In the 1800s the phrase was used as “it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.”

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