What is CRANK?

A term vulgarly applied to a person of eccentric, ill-regulated, and unpractical mental habits; a person half-crazed : a monomaniac; not necessarily equivalent to “insane person,” “lunatic,” or any other term descriptive of complete mental derangement, and not carrying any implication of homicidal mania. Walker v. Tribune Co. (C. C.) 29 Fed. 827.

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