* The effect of this little bit of science may be thus stated -- Men for two years had been punished as refractory for not making all day two thousand revolutions per hour of a 15 lb. crank, when all the while it was a 45 lb. crank they had been vainly struggling against all day. - It Is Never Too Late to Mend
And so it goes with our northern neighbor, whose governor is giving the term "crank" a good name by comparison. - David Ormsby: Gov. Pat Quinn Gives Illinois Health Care Reform a Big, Fat Push Forward
I know I am what they call a crank; doctors will tell you that you can't be cured of a bad illness, and be the same man again. - Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works
I served my time, and I think it crazed me a bit though it was only a month; at any rate, I was what they call a crank when I came out, which I wasn't when I went in. - Doctor Therne
I also enjoy fishin crank baits as opposed to soft plastics as I feel I have more control over the action. - alright this has been bothering me for a while.