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whacking

[hwak-ing, wak-] /ˈʰwæk ɪŋ, ˈwæk-/
adjective, Informal.
1.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; whack + -ing2

whack

[hwak, wak] /ʰwæk, wæk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike with a smart, resounding blow or blows.
2.
Slang. to divide into or take in shares (often followed by up):
Whack the loot between us two.
verb (used without object)
3.
to strike a smart, resounding blow or blows.
noun
4.
a smart, resounding blow:
a whack with his hand.
5.
Informal. a trial or attempt:
to take a whack at a job.
6.
Slang. a portion or share.
Verb phrases
7.
whack off,
  1. to cut off or separate with a blow:
    The cook whacked off the fish's head.
  2. Slang: Vulgar. to masturbate.
8.
whack out, Slang. to produce quickly or, sometimes, carelessly:
She whacks out a short story every week or so.
Idioms
9.
out of whack, Informal. out of order or alignment; not in proper condition.
Origin
1710-20; orig. dial., Scots form of thwack; cf. whang2, whittle
Related forms
whacker, noun
Synonyms
5. try, go, turn.
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British Dictionary definitions for whacking

whacking

/ˈwækɪŋ/
adjective
1.
enormous
adverb
2.
(intensifier): a whacking big lie

whack

/wæk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to strike with a sharp resounding blow
2.
(usually passive) (Brit, informal) to exhaust completely
3.
(transitive; usu foll by in or on) (informal) to put something on to or into something else with force or abandon: whack on some sunscreen
noun
4.
(transitive) (US, slang) to murder: if you were out of line you got whacked
5.
a sharp resounding blow or the noise made by such a blow
6.
(informal) a share or portion
7.
(informal) a try or attempt (esp in the phrase have a whack at)
8.
(informal) out of whack, out of order; unbalanced: the whole system is out of whack
interjection
9.
an exclamation imitating the noise of a sharp resounding blow
Derived Forms
whacker, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps a variant of thwack, ultimately of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whacking

whack

v.

"to strike sharply," 1719, probably of imitative origin. The noun is from 1737. The word in out of whack (1885) is perhaps the slang meaning "share, just portion" (1785), which may be from the notion of the blow that divides, or the rap of the auctioneer's hammer.

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Slang definitions & phrases for whacking

whacking

adjective

Very big; whopping: After that she got a whacking big raise (1806+)


whack

noun
  1. A hit; blow: to explore their manhood and give and take a few whacks (1737+)
  2. A try; bash, crack, shot: He was given a whack at drama reviewing (1891+)
  3. wack
verb
  1. To strike; hit (1721+)
  2. (also whack out) To kill; execute, gangland style: the lieutenant took it personal when they whacked the witness (1980s+ Mobsters)
  3. (also wack) To dilute a narcotic; cut a narcotic (1960s+ Narcotics)
Related Terms

have a crack at something, out of whack, wack

[probably echoic; in second verb sense, the use of whacks, ''any form of force,'' is attested among Chicago gunmen in 1932]


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Idioms and Phrases with whacking

whack

In addition to the idioms beginning with whack
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