shack

1 [shak]
noun
1.
a rough cabin; shanty.
2.
Informal. radio shack.
Verb phrases
3.
shack up, Slang.
a.
to live together as spouses without being legally married.
b.
to have illicit sexual relations.
c.
to live in a shack: He's shacked up in the mountains.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; compare earlier shackly rickety, probably akin to ramshackle (Mexican Spanish jacal “hut” is a phonetically impossible source)

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shack

2 [shak]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to chase and throw back; to retrieve: to shack a ground ball.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; apparently special use of dial. shack to shake

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shack1 (ʃæk)
 
n
1.  a roughly built hut
2.  (South African) temporary accommodation put together by squatters
 
vb
3.  See shack up
 
[C19: perhaps from dialect shackly ramshackle, from dialect shack to shake]

shack2 (ʃæk)
 
vb
dialect (Midland English) to evade (work or responsibility)

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shack
1878, Amer.Eng. and Canadian Eng., of unknown origin, perhaps from Mex.Sp. jacal, from Nahuatl xacalli "wooden hut." Or perhaps a back-formation from dial. Eng. shackly "shaky, rickety" (1843), a derivative of shack, a dial. variant of shake (q.v.). Another theory derives
shack from ramshackle. Slang verb phrase shack up "cohabit" first recorded 1935 (in Zora Neale Hurston).
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Example sentences
If the firm is awarded the bid, then the firm shall obtain an occupational
  license and provide insurance for the job shack.
People also used to walk uphill in the snow to learn their letters in a one
  room shack.
It was really awful, the haves right next to the havenots, a big old house next
  to a shack.
Their destination is a plywood shack in the protective embrace of a small rock
  outcropping-directly in the path of an avalanche.
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