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  • n. Plural form of crank.
  • n. The fans.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of crank.


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  • The opening bid, then, was crafted by Larry Summers, et al. The counter bid was designed by cranks from the Heritage Foundation.

    Matthew Yglesias » Slash and Burn

  • The persons engaged in promoting them he defines as cranks, dividing them into two classes, of whom one may be dismissed as harmlessly absurd, while the other ought probably to be suppressed as dangerous.

    The Unity of Civilization

  • WALTER Smith reckons Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson is close to rediscovering his best form just as the race for the SPL title cranks up a gear.

    The Daily Record - Home

  • "It is a subject that is given prominence by enthusiastic 'cranks' and others, who we should perhaps not describe as cranks, e.g. the Lords Hill-Norton and Threthgarne (sic)."

    Latest News Breaking News and Current News from the UK and World Telegraph

  • "A couple of scientific enthusiasts, of the kind we call cranks -- I don't know what you call them on the earth -- conceived the idea that they could find something better to take the place of the highly purified and buoyant gases which we used in our flying machines.

    Daybreak; a Romance of an Old World

  • For instance, those physicians practicing medicine differently than the orthodox medical practice might be called cranks, crackpots and quacks.

    Lies, Damn Lies and Medical Research

  • The recalled cranks are black with white lettering or the reverse.

    FSA and CPSC recall some Gossamer BB30 double cranks

  • The few people who profess to have found a way to meet it we call cranks, or else pick flaws in the way they live; although it does seem to me that if I really found God so I was sure He was there and cared about me, I'd manage to live a little decenter life than some do. "

    The Search

  • His opponents were called cranks and conspiracy theorists too.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • When anyone protests we're called cranks and those in favour of this unnecessary and badly thought-out road bleat "what about the poor families?"

    Driving To Tara; lessons in terror and calm


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