Cracker-jack



[krak-er-jak] /ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk/ Informal.

noun
1.
a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.
adjective
2.
of marked ability; exceptionally fine.
Trademark.
1.
a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.
/ˈkrækəˌdʒæk/
adjective
1.
excellent
noun
2.
a person or thing of exceptional quality or ability
n.

also crackerjack, “something excellent,” 1895, U.S. colloquialism, apparently a fanciful construction. The caramel-coated popcorn-and-peanuts confection was said to have been introduced at the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). Supposedly a salesman gave it the name when he tasted some and said, “That’s a cracker-jack,” using the then-popular expression. The name was trademarked 1896. The “Prize in Every Box” was introduced 1912.

modifier

: He estimates that a crackerjack examiner working under optimum conditions would find 10 to 15 percent of his cases to be inconclusive/ I’m a crackerjack story teller

noun

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc: Signorelli is a crackerjack

[late 1880s+; origin uncertain; perhaps a fanciful extension of cracker in the mid-19th-century British sense ”something approaching perfection,” which is also reflected in terms like crack shot, crack troops, etc, and based on an echoic expression of speed; hence also cracking; the term is reinforced in the US by late 19th-century trademark Cracker Jack for a popcorn and peanut confection]

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