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crock

1
1. an earthen pot, jar, etc.
2. a piece of broken earthenware

crock

2
an old broken-down horse or ewe

crock

[American scatologism "crock of shit"] 1. An awkward feature or programming technique that ought to be made cleaner. For example, using small integers to represent error codes without the program interpreting them to the user (as in, for example, Unix "make(1)", which returns code 139 for a process that dies due to segfault).

2. A technique that works acceptably, but which is quite prone to failure if disturbed in the least. For example, a too-clever programmer might write an assembler which mapped instruction mnemonics to numeric opcodes algorithmically, a trick which depends far too intimately on the particular bit patterns of the opcodes. (For another example of programming with a dependence on actual opcode values, see The Story of Mel.) Many crocks have a tightly woven, almost completely unmodifiable structure. See kluge, brittle. The adjectives "crockish" and "crocky", and the nouns "crockishness" and "crockitude", are also used.
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Freddie replied: "Unfortunately not, sometimes it turns out it is not a crock of gold, merely a crock.
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On the homestead in Germany at the end of summer, it is time to salt away what is left in the garden--along with the obligatory big crock of sauerkraut.
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Till last night Mr Rowland Pitt was just another blind piano tuner, but last night 500 persons heard him play as a guest artist with Dr Crock and his Crackpots at the National Trades Fair in Bingley Hall, Birmingham.