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corn-cracker (plural corn-crackers)

  1. (US, archaic, mildly derogatory) A lower-class white person in the southern US.
    • 1862, James R. Gilmore, chapter 12, in Among the Pines, or, South in Secession Time:
      Our summons was answered by its owner, a well-to-do, substantial, middle-aged planter, wearing the ordinary homespun of the district, but evidently of a station in life much above the common "corn-crackers" I had seen at the country meeting-house.
  2. (US, archaic) An agricultural machine for removing the shells from corn.
    • 1847 August, The Prairie Farmer, Volumes 6-8, "Editor's Table", p. 261 (Google books):
      A subscriber at Burnsville inquires for a corn cracker which he can work by attaching it to Warren's horse power. There is a corn cracker made here, but it is not a very superior machine.

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