Posted by ESC on August 03, 2004
In Reply to: First crack out of the box posted by James Briggs on August 02, 2004
: I had the following request from someone with a US email address. There was no more to the question. I've never heard the expression. Can anyone help?
: "What is the origin of "first crack out of the box"?"
I don't know what the origin is. But I found a meaning and similar phrases.
First crack off the bat.
First crack/cat out of the box.
First dash/pop/rattle out of the box.
They all are 20th century phrases and mean: immediately, at the first attempt.
From "Cassell's Dictionary of Slang" by Jonathon Green (Wellington House, London, 1998).