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jack1

[jak] /dʒæk/
noun
1.
any of various portable devices for raising or lifting heavy objects short heights, using various mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic methods.
2.
Also called knave. Cards. a playing card bearing the picture of a soldier or servant.
3.
Electricity. a connecting device in an electrical circuit designed for the insertion of a plug.
4.
(initial capital letter) Informal. fellow; buddy; man (usually used in addressing a stranger):
Hey, Jack, which way to Jersey?
5.
Also called jackstone. Games.
  1. one of a set of small metal objects having six prongs, used in the game of jacks.
  2. one of any other set of objects, as pebbles, stones, etc., used in the game of jacks.
  3. jacks, (used with a singular verb) a children's game in which small metal objects, stones, pebbles, or the like, are tossed, caught, and moved on the ground in a number of prescribed ways, usually while bouncing a rubber ball.
6.
any of several carangid fishes, especially of the genus Caranx, as C. hippos (crevalle jack or jack crevalle) of the western Atlantic Ocean.
7.
Slang. money:
He won a lot of jack at the races.
8.
Slang: Vulgar. jack shit.
9.
Nautical.
  1. a small flag flown at the jack staff of a ship, bearing a distinctive design usually symbolizing the nationality of the vessel.
  2. Also called jack crosstree. either of a pair of crosstrees at the head of a topgallant mast, used to hold royal shrouds away from the mast.
10.
(initial capital letter) a sailor.
11.
a lumberjack.
12.
14.
a jackass.
15.
16.
a device for turning a spit.
17.
a small wooden rod in the mechanism of a harpsichord, spinet, or virginal that rises when the key is depressed and causes the attached plectrum to strike the string.
18.
Lawn Bowling. a small, usually white bowl or ball used as a mark for the bowlers to aim at.
19.
Also called clock jack. Horology. a mechanical figure that strikes a clock bell.
20.
a premigratory young male salmon.
21.
Theater, brace jack.
22.
Falconry. the male of a kestrel, hobby, or especially of a merlin.
verb (used with object)
23.
to lift or move (something) with or as if with a jack (usually followed by up):
to jack a car up to change a flat tire.
24.
Informal. to increase, raise, or accelerate (prices, wages, speed, etc.) (usually followed by up).
25.
Informal. to boost the morale of; encourage (usually followed by up).
26.
to jacklight.
verb (used without object)
27.
to jacklight.
adjective
28.
Carpentry. having a height or length less than that of most of the others in a structure; cripple:
jack rafter; jack truss.
Verb phrases
29.
jack off, Slang: Vulgar. to masturbate.
Idioms
30.
every man jack, everyone without exception:
They presented a formidable opposition, every man jack of them.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English jakke, Jakke used in addressing any male, especially a social inferior, variant of Jakken, variant of Jankin, equivalent to Jan John + -kin -kin; extended in sense to anything male, and as a designation for a variety of inanimate objects

jack2

[jak] /dʒæk/
noun
1.
Origin
1605-15; < Portuguese jaca < Malayalam cakka

jack3

[jak] /dʒæk/
noun
1.
a defensive coat, usually of leather, worn in medieval times by foot soldiers and others.
2.
a container for liquor, originally of waxed leather coated with tar.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English jakke < Middle French jaque(s), jacket, short, plain upper garment, probably after jacques peasant (see Jacquerie)

Jack

[jak] /dʒæk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Jacob or John.

Lynch

[linch] /lɪntʃ/
noun
1.
John ("Jack") 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79.

Schmitt

[shmit] /ʃmɪt/
noun
1.
Bernadotte Everly
[bur-nuh-dot ev-er-lee] /ˈbɜr nəˌdɒt ˈɛv ər li/ (Show IPA),
1886–1969, U.S. historian.
2.
Harrison (Hagan)
[hey-guh n] /ˈheɪ gən/ (Show IPA),
("Jack") born 1935, U.S. astronaut, geologist, and politician: U.S. senator 1977–83.

Teagarden

[tee-gahr-dn] /ˈtiˌgɑr dn/
noun
1.
Weldon John
[wel-dn] /ˈwɛl dn/ (Show IPA),
("Jack") 1905–64, U.S. jazz trombonist and singer.

Brabham

[brab-uh m] /ˈbræb əm/
noun
1.
Sir John Arthur ("Jack") born 1926, Australian racing-car driver and designer.
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  • jack has wandered into the forest, and he can't remember how he got there.
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  • The side of my project box sports a phone jack for easy connection and disconnection.
  • The jumping jack event was held by organization at location in city, state, country.
  • After all there's nothing there but lizards and jack rabbits.
  • There are ways to preserve pumpkins using bleach solutions, but that won't allow you to safely compost your jack o' lantern.
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  • On the other hand, these positions are apprenticeships in many ways and typically expect one to have jack-of-all-trades skills.
  • And, with the world economy in its current fragile state, they are rightly unwilling to jack up interest rates now.
British Dictionary definitions for jack

jack1

/dʒæk/
noun
1.
a man or fellow
2.
a sailor
3.
the male of certain animals, esp of the ass or donkey
4.
a mechanical or hydraulic device for exerting a large force, esp to raise a heavy weight such as a motor vehicle
5.
any of several mechanical devices that replace manpower, such as a contrivance for rotating meat on a spit
6.
one of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a young prince; knave
7.
(bowls) a small usually white bowl at which the players aim with their own bowls
8.
(electrical engineering) a female socket with two or more terminals designed to receive a male plug (jack plug) that either makes or breaks the circuit or circuits
9.
a flag, esp a small flag flown at the bow of a ship indicating the ship's nationality Compare Union Jack
10.
(nautical) either of a pair of crosstrees at the head of a topgallant mast used as standoffs for the royal shrouds
11.
a part of the action of a harpsichord, consisting of a fork-shaped device on the end of a pivoted lever on which a plectrum is mounted
12.
any of various tropical and subtropical carangid fishes, esp those of the genus Caranx, such as C. hippos (crevalle jack)
13.
Also called jackstone. one of the pieces used in the game of jacks
15.
(US) a slang word for money
16.
every man jack, everyone without exception
17.
(Austral, slang) the jack, venereal disease
adjective
18.
(Austral, slang) jack of, tired or fed up with (something)
verb (transitive)
19.
to lift or push (an object) with a jack
20.
(electrical engineering) to connect (an electronic device) with another by means of a jack and a jack plug
21.
(US & Canadian) Also jacklight. to hunt (fish or game) by seeking them out or dazzling them with a flashlight
See also jack in, jacks, jack up
Word Origin
C16 jakke, variant of Jankin, diminutive of John

jack2

/dʒæk/
noun
1.
short for jackfruit
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese jaca; see jackfruit

jack3

/dʒæk/
noun
1.
a short sleeveless coat of armour of the Middle Ages, consisting usually of a canvas base with metal plates
2.
(archaic) a drinking vessel, often of leather
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jaque, of uncertain origin

Jack

/dʒæk/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) I'm all right, Jack
  1. a remark indicating smug and complacent selfishness
  2. (as modifier): an ``I'm all right, Jack'' attitude

Brabham

/ˈbræbəm/
noun
1.
Sir John Arthur, known as Jack. born 1926, Australian motor-racing driver: Formula One world champion 1959, 1960, and 1966

lynch

/lɪntʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
Derived Forms
lyncher, noun
lynching, noun
Word Origin
probably after Charles Lynch (1736–96), Virginia justice of the peace, who presided over extralegal trials of Tories during the American War of Independence

Lynch

/lɪntʃ/
noun
1.
David. born 1946, US film director; his work includes the films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), and the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
2.
John, known as Jack Lynch. 1917–99, Irish statesman; prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966–73; 1977–79)
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Word Origin and History for jack

Jack

masc. proper name, 1218, probably an anglicization of Old French Jacques (which was a diminutive of Latin Jacobus; see Jacob), but in English the name always has been associated with Johan, Jan "John," and some have argued that it is a native formation.

Alliterative coupling of Jack and Jill is from 15c. (Ienken and Iulyan). In England, applied familiarly or contemptuously to anybody (especially one of the lower classes) from late 14c. Later used especially of sailors (1650s; Jack-tar is from 1781). In U.S., as a generic name addressed to an unknown stranger, attested from 1889.

n.

late 14c., jakke "a mechanical device," from the masc. name Jack. The proper name was used in Middle English for "any common fellow" (mid-14c.), and thereafter extended to various appliances replacing servants (1570s). Used generically of men (jack-of-all-trades, 1610s), male animals (1620s, see jackass, jackdaw, etc.), and male personifications (1520s, e.g. Jack Frost, 1826).

As the name of a device for pulling off boots, from 1670s. The jack in a pack of playing cards (1670s) is in German Bauer "peasant." Jack shit "nothing at all" is attested by 1968, U.S. slang. The plant jack-in-the-pulpit is attested by 1837. Jack the Ripper was active in London 1888. The jack of Union Jack is a nautical term for "small flag at the bow of a ship" (1630s).

v.

1860, jack up "hoist, raise," American English, from the noun (see jack (n.)). Figurative sense "increase (prices, etc.)" is 1904, American English. Related: Jacked; jacking. Jack off (v.) "to masturbate" is attested from 1916, probably from jack (n.) in the sense of "penis."

lynch

v.

1835, from earlier Lynch law (1811), likely named after William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Virginia, who c.1780 led a vigilance committee to keep order there during the Revolution. Other sources trace the name to Charles Lynch (1736-1796) a Virginia magistrate who fined and imprisoned Tories in his district c.1782, but the connection to him is less likely. Originally any sort of summary justice, especially by flogging; narrowing of focus to "extralegal execution by hanging" is 20c. Lynch mob is attested from 1838. The surname is perhaps from Irish Loingseach "sailor." Cf. earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, "where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction" [Weekley], hence:

Lydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards. [Thomas Blount, "Glossographia," 1656]
Related: Lynched; lynching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jack

jack

noun
  1. Money: the fans which paid their jack/ I figured it would be an easy way to make some jack (1859+)
  2. Nothing; jack shit, zip: What did you do today? Jack (1980s+ Students)
verb
  1. To take twisting evasive action in an airplane; jank, jink (Vietnam War Air Force)
  2. To steal; rob: Two men who ''jacked,'' or stole, a 1991 Plymouth Colt (1990s+ Teenagers)
Related Terms

ball the jack, heavy money, hijack, piece of change

[money sense probably fr the expression hard Jackson or hard Jackson money, referring to President Andrew Jackson and found by 1838; first verb sense perhaps related to mid-1800s British criminal slang jack, ''run away, escape,'' or perhaps by folk etymology fr jank, an echoic companion of jink; compare jink-jank with yin-yang and zig-zag; stealing sense probably fr hijack and related to carjacking]


Jack

noun

Man; friend; fellow; mac •Used in addressing any man, whatever his name: Man, he's murder, Jack/ That supposed to be funny, jack? (1889+)


jack

noun

Nothing at all, zero; nada; jack shit: You don't know jack squat about going to college these days


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