1. to ask for, to demand; ext. as crack on.
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 366: Cracked on such a rattling impost that cotton-seed olive-oil couldn’t stand the raise.|
|Fighting Blood 75: I’ll crack the yokels for three jitneys a head and take in nickels like a conductor.|
|Bruiser 214: If they crack a suit, he’ll lose to Sully – he’s that high geared.|
|Heroin in Perspective (1972) 109: He may hear that a certain dealer has a good bag [...] steer customers to him and then go to him later and ask to be taken care of for the service. This is known as cracking on a dealer.|
|Ripping and Running 142: Ask them, man, crack on them.|
2. (also crack it to) to pass on a secret, to give information.
|Maison De Shine 175: It won’t be me that’ll crack about it.|
|Big Town 184: He asked me for the tenth or eleventh time if I could keep a secret. He made me hold up my hand and swear I wouldn’t crack what he was going to tell me.|
|Red Harvest (1965) 37: It was funny somebody i didnt know cracked it to me.|
|Und. Speaks 26/2: Crack, to confess; to talk.|
|Joint (1972) 214: The pot is straight oolong [...] I don’t crack, I roll it.letter 2 Aug. in|
|Street Players 21: Them bitches that he’s got dealing for him ain’t never switched around on him and cracked him downtown.|
|Blow Your House Down 116: I didn’t crack on I knew.|
3. (also crack on) to arrest.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 384: It’s what they cracked a banker guy for, he run away to Florida with all that loot.|
|Farm (1968) 50: Did you know that was the time I got cracked? That the Man swooped down on me.|
|Brotherhood of Corruption 149: ‘I mean just about everyone on the West Side is slinging bags, what could be easier than cracking on the dealers like we do now?’ [...] 150: ‘One of these dealers on the streets gets cracked (arrested) an’ knows he’s in deep shit’.|