hacked into


1 [hak]
verb (used with object)
to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever (something) with or as with heavy, irregular blows (often followed by up or down ): to hack meat; to hack down trees.
to break up the surface of (the ground).
to clear (a road, path, etc.) by cutting away vines, trees, brush, or the like: They hacked a trail through the jungle.
to damage or injure by crude, harsh, or insensitive treatment; mutilate; mangle: The editor hacked the story to bits.
to reduce or cut ruthlessly; trim: The Senate hacked the budget severely before returning it to the House.
Slang. to deal or cope with; handle: He can't hack all this commuting.
to devise or modify (a computer program), usually skillfully.
to circumvent security and break into (another's server, website, or the like) with malicious intent: Skilled criminals hacked the Bank of America's servers yesterday, jeopardizing thousands of accounts.
Basketball. to strike the arm of (an opposing ball handler): He got a penalty for hacking the shooter.
British. to kick or kick at the shins of (an opposing player) in Rugby football.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to embarrass, annoy, or disconcert.
verb (used without object)
to make rough cuts or notches; deal cutting blows.
to cough harshly, usually in short and repeated spasms.
to take a poor, ineffective, or awkward swing at the ball.
to play tennis at a mediocre level.
British. to kick or kick at an opponent's shins in Rugby football.
a cut, gash, or notch.
a tool, as an ax, hoe, or pick, for hacking.
an act or instance of hacking; a cutting blow.
a short, rasping dry cough.
a hesitation in speech.
Curling. an indentation made in the ice at the foot score, for supporting the foot in delivering the stone.
British. a gash in the skin produced by a kick, as in Rugby football.
Verb phrases
hack around, Slang. to pass the time idly; indulge in idle talk.
hack into, Computers. to break into (a server, website, etc.) from a remote location to steal or damage data: Students are constantly trying to hack into their school server to change their grades.
hack it, Slang. to handle or cope with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly: The new recruit just can't hack it.

1150–1200; Middle English hacken; compare Old English tōhaccian to hack to pieces; cognate with Dutch hakken, German hacken

1. mangle, haggle. See cut.
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hack1 (hæk)
vb (when intr, usually foll by at or away)
1.  to cut or chop (at) irregularly, roughly, or violently
2.  to cut and clear (a way, path, etc), as through undergrowth
3.  (in sport, esp rugby) to foul (an opposing player) by kicking or striking his shins
4.  basketball to commit the foul of striking (an opposing player) on the arm
5.  (intr) to cough in short dry spasmodic bursts
6.  (tr) to reduce or cut (a story, article, etc) in a damaging way
7.  to manipulate a computer program skilfully, esp, to gain unauthorized access to another computer system
8.  slang (tr) to tolerate; cope with: I joined the army but I couldn't hack it
9.  hack to bits to damage severely: his reputation was hacked to bits
10.  a cut, chop, notch, or gash, esp as made by a knife or axe
11.  any tool used for shallow digging, such as a mattock or pick
12.  a chopping blow
13.  a dry spasmodic cough
14.  a kick on the shins, as in rugby
15.  a wound from a sharp kick
[Old English haccian; related to Old Frisian hackia, Middle High German hacken]

hack2 (hæk)
1.  a horse kept for riding or (more rarely) for driving
2.  an old, ill-bred, or overworked horse
3.  a horse kept for hire
4.  (Brit) a country ride on horseback
5.  a drudge
6.  a person who produces mediocre literary or journalistic work
7.  (US) Also called: hackney a coach or carriage that is for hire
8.  informal (US) Also called: hackie
 a.  a cab driver
 b.  a taxi
9.  (Brit) to ride (a horse) cross-country for pleasure
10.  (tr) to let (a horse) out for hire
11.  informal (tr) to write (an article) as or in the manner of a hack
12.  informal (US) (intr) to drive a taxi
13.  (prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginal: hack writing
[C17: short for hackney]

hack3 (hæk)
1.  a rack used for fodder for livestock
2.  a board on which meat is placed for a hawk
3.  a pile or row of unfired bricks stacked to dry
4.  to place (fodder) in a hack
5.  to place (bricks) in a hack
[C16: variant of hatch²]

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Word Origin & History

in O.E. tohaccian "hack to pieces," from W.Gmc. *khak- (cf. O.Fris. hackia, Du. hakken, O.H.G. hacchon), perhaps infl. by O.N. höggva "to hack, hew," from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike." Sense of "short, dry cough" is 1802. Noun meaning "an act of hacking" is from 1836; fig. sense of "a try, an attempt"
is first attested 1898. Slang sense of "cope with" (such as in can't hack it) is first recorded in Amer.Eng. 1955, with a sense of "get through by some effort," as a jungle.

c.1700, originally, "person hired to do routine work," short for hackney "an ordinary horse" (c.1300), probably from place name Hackney (Middlesex), from O.E. Hacan ieg "Haca's Isle" (or possibly "Hook Island"). Now well within London, it was once pastoral. Apparently nags were raised on the pastureland
there in early medieval times and taken to Smithfield horse market (cf. Fr. haquenée "ambling nag," an Eng. loan-word). Extended sense of "horse for hire" (late 14c.) led naturally to "broken-down nag," and also "prostitute" (1570s) and "drudge" (1540s). Special sense of "one who writes anything for hire" led to hackneyed "trite" (1749); hack writer is first recorded 1826, though hackney writer is at least 50 years earlier. Sense of "carriage for hire" (1704) led to modern slang for "taxicab."
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