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To do nothing in particular; idle; loaf; beat around: He says he's been hacking around in some bar/ So I quit Butter, hacked around for a while (1960s+)
To drive a taxi or bus: I worked in an office for years. Then I took to ''hacking'' (1931+)
[ultimately fr hackney, ''horse,'' fr Hackney, a village incorporated into London, fr Old English ''Haca's island'' or ''hook island''; presumably the horses were associated with the place]
[nearly all senses ultimately fr hack, ''cut, chop''; black and prison senses fr identification of prison guards with white persons in the pattern identical with that of the man; prison guards perhaps so called because they sometimes beat prisoners]
To gain unauthorized access to a computer system: hack into my site (1985+)