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The sound of thunder's like a whip,
one takes a stab and makes a quip;
uncaps a bottle, lights a pipe,
accessing files of private type;
a mental crisis, break of dawn,
can experts solve what's going on?

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Sounds like you're talking about a

crack

The sound of thunder's like a whip,

crack of thunder, crack a whip

one takes a stab and makes a quip;

give it a crack, crack a joke

uncaps a bottle, lights a pipe,

crack open, crack pipe

accessing files of private type;

crack a password

a mental crisis, break of dawn,

cracking up, crack of dawn

can experts solve what's going on

a crack team

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  • $\begingroup$ I might remove "up" from the mental crisis suggestion since your construct is usually more aligned with laughing. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Aug 20 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ Also there is a use of this directly related to a whip, and "take a stab" (make an attempt) can also be described as "take a..." $\endgroup$ – DJClayworth Aug 20 at 17:40
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald The usage suggested here is common at least in British English. $\endgroup$ – DJClayworth Aug 20 at 20:18
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    $\begingroup$ @DJClayworth Not only British. Just ask Green Day. Or am I just paranoid? $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Aug 20 at 23:49

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