hack

1 [hak]
verb (used with object)
1.
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.
2.
to break up the surface of (the ground).
3.
to clear (a road, path, etc.) by cutting away vines, trees, brush, or the like: They hacked a trail through the jungle.
4.
to damage or injure by crude, harsh, or insensitive treatment; mutilate; mangle: The editor hacked the story to bits.
5.
to reduce or cut ruthlessly; trim: The Senate hacked the budget severely before returning it to the House.
6.
Slang. to deal or cope with; handle: He can't hack all this commuting.
7.
Computers.
a.
to devise or modify (a computer program), usually skillfully.
b.
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.
8.
Basketball. to strike the arm of (an opposing ball handler): He got a penalty for hacking the shooter.
9.
British. to kick or kick at the shins of (an opposing player) in Rugby football.
10.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to embarrass, annoy, or disconcert.
verb (used without object)
11.
to make rough cuts or notches; deal cutting blows.
12.
to cough harshly, usually in short and repeated spasms.
13.
Tennis.
a.
to take a poor, ineffective, or awkward swing at the ball.
b.
to play tennis at a mediocre level.
14.
British. to kick or kick at an opponent's shins in Rugby football.
noun
15.
a cut, gash, or notch.
16.
a tool, as an ax, hoe, or pick, for hacking.
17.
an act or instance of hacking; a cutting blow.
18.
a short, rasping dry cough.
19.
a hesitation in speech.
20.
Curling. an indentation made in the ice at the foot score, for supporting the foot in delivering the stone.
21.
British. a gash in the skin produced by a kick, as in Rugby football.
Verb phrases
22.
hack around, Slang. to pass the time idly; indulge in idle talk.
23.
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.
Idioms
24.
hack it, Slang. to handle or cope with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly: The new recruit just can't hack it.

Origin:
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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hack

2 [hak]
noun
1.
a person, as an artist or writer, who exploits, for money, his or her creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work; one who produces banal and mediocre work in the hope of gaining commercial success in the arts: As a painter, he was little more than a hack.
2.
a professional who renounces or surrenders individual independence, integrity, belief, etc., in return for money or other reward in the performance of a task normally thought of as involving a strong personal commitment: a political hack.
3.
a writer who works on the staff of a publisher at a dull or routine task; someone who works as a literary drudge: He was one among the many hacks on Grub Street. scribbler.
4.
British.
a.
a horse kept for common hire or adapted for general work, especially ordinary riding.
b.
a saddle horse used for transportation, rather than for show, hunting, or the like.
5.
an old or worn-out horse; jade.
6.
a coach or carriage kept for hire; hackney.
7.
Informal.
a.
a taxi.
b.
Also, hackie. a cabdriver.
8.
Slang. a prison guard.
verb (used with object)
9.
to make a hack of; let out for hire. lease, rent.
10.
to make trite or stale by frequent use; hackney.
verb (used without object)
11.
Informal. to drive a taxi.
12.
to ride or drive on the road at an ordinary pace, as distinguished from cross-country riding or racing.
13.
British. to rent a horse, especially by the hour.
adjective
14.
hired as a hack; of a hired sort: a hack writer; hack work.
15.
hackneyed; trite; banal: hack writing.

Origin:
1680–90; short for hackney

hack

3 [hak]
noun
1.
a rack for drying food, as fish.
2.
a rack for holding fodder for livestock.
3.
a low pile of unburnt bricks in the course of drying.
verb (used with object)
4.
to place (something) on a hack, as for drying or feeding.
5.
Falconry. to train (a young hawk) by letting it fly freely and feeding it at a hack board or a hack house.
Idioms
6.
at hack, Falconry. (of a young hawk) being trained to fly freely but to return to a hack house or hack board for food rather than to pursue quarry.

Origin:
1565–75; variant of hatch2

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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
 
n
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)
 
n
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
 
vb
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
 
adj
13.  (prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginal: hack writing
 
[C17: short for hackney]

hack3 (hæk)
 
n
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
 
vb
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

hack
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.

hack
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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hack definition


  1. n.
    a taxi. : Go out to the street and see if you can get a hack.
  2. n.
    a cough. : That's a nasty hack you've got there.
  3. n.
    a professional writer who writes mediocre material to order. : This novel shows that even a hack can get something published
  4. n.
    a reporter. : Newspaper hacks have to know a little of everything.
  5. tv.
    to write clumsy or inefficient computer programs. : I can hack a program for you, but it won't be what you want.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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hacked definition

[hækt]
  1. mod.
    worn-out; ready to quit. : What a day! I'm hacked.
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hacked (off) definition


  1. mod.
    angry; annoyed. : Willy was really hacked off about the accident.
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Example sentences
Folks have hacked together standing desks in many ways.
In addition, workmen had hacked at the mummy-shaped outer coffin to make it fit
  into the sarcophagus.
They were darted and had their horns hacked off with a machete.
It felt as if our own family were having their teeth hacked out by axes for
  money.
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