The phrase at a crack is sometimes used lớn mean at one time. For example §§:

Companies that have had generations of employees growing up under a no-layoff policy are now dumping 10,000 people onto the street at a crack.Bạn đã xem: Have a crack

What"s the history of at a crack?

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Probably from crack meaning: - a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig" –user66974 Dec 19 "14 at 16:06 I suspect that "at a crack" is closely connected to the idiomatic phrase "have a crack at," so let"s start with that phrase.Bạn vẫn xem: Have a crack at là gì

The idiom "have a crack at"

From Christine Ammer, American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms (1996):

have a crack at Also, get or have a go or shot or whack at; take a crack at. Make an attempt or have a turn at doing something. For example, Let me have a crack at assembling it, or I had a shot at it but failed, or Dad thinks he can—let him have a go at it, or Dave had a whack at changing the tire, or Jane wants to lớn take a crack at it. The oldest of these colloquialisms is have a shot at, alluding khổng lồ firing a gun and first recorded in 1756; crack and go date from the 1830s, & whack from the late 1800s.Bạn sẽ xem: Have a crack at là gì

Likewise, Harold Wentworth & Stuart Flexner, Dictionary of American Slang (1960) has this:

The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms (1998) includes entries for both "have/take a crack at" & "get a crack at"—the latter entry without a definition. Here is the former entry:

have/take a crack at sth

to try to do something although you are not certain that you will succeed

And John Ayto, Oxford Dictionary of thietkewebshop.vn Idioms, third edition (2009) has this:

The complementary phrase "at one crack" or "at a crack" would therefore mean "in a single shot or attempt or turn," and by extension "at one time."

The idiom "at one crack"

The first instance of "at one crack" in a Google Books tìm kiếm dates back lớn 1872. From Lyman Abbot, Laicus: Or, The Experiences of a Layman in a Country Parish (1872):

From The Nickel Library (1877 ):

"Well, kurnel," said the red-bearded man, turning khổng lồ Dan, "I had an idea, and an alfired strong one you kin make sartin. I"ve heard o" you boys often, and when the time came that I needed help, my mind went right to lớn ye, và I swore I"d hev no others.

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Fack is. Boys, the time has arrived wen ye kin make yer fortunes all at one crack.

From "Hard Luck!" in The Mechanical Engineer (September 30, 1882):

Also of note, from "First Session of the Council," in National Liberal Federation, Proceedings at the Annual Meeting of the Council of the National Liberal Federation (January 17, 1895) :

In 1892 a majority of the people of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, & something not far short of one-half of the people of England, declared that justice required the concession of trang chủ Rule lớn Ireland as the first step of the incoming Government. That was only two years ago, & now they were told that they had dropped that policy and that they had gone back upon it, simply, it appeared, because an obstacle had been interposed in the shape of a ricketty old institution known as the House of Lords. The House of Lords had thrown trang chủ Rule out, and at once three millions of people had dropped it in consequence. Three nations and a-half cowered at one crack of a lordly whip. What a picture of British pluck!

And from A. Leamy, "A Day"s Fox Hunting Vermont," in Hunter-Trader-Trapper (July 1912):

Aside from the purely metaphorical uses of "at one crack" in these early examples, we have four instances where the crack is treated as part a simile or as an actual sound: the cracking of a nut (by a squirrel), the crack of a lightning bolt, the cracking of a whip, và the crack of a gunshot. The originator of "at one crack" might have had any of these ideas in mind.