hack: Meaning and Definition of
- to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever (something) with or as with heavy, irregular blows (often fol. 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:hacked the budget severely before returning it to the House. The Senate
- to deal or cope with; handle: He can't hack all this commuting.
- to devise or modify (a computer program), usually skillfully.
- to strike the arm of (an opposing ball handler): He got a penalty for hacking the shooter.
- to kick or kick at the shins of (an opposing player) in Rugby football.
- to embarrass, annoy, or disconcert.
- 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.
- to kick or kick at an opponent's shins in Rugby football.
- to pass the time idly; indulge in idle talk.
- to handle or cope with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly: The new recruit just can't hack it.
- 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.
- an indentation made in the ice at the foot score, for supporting the foot in delivering the stone.
- a gash in the skin produced by a kick, as in Rugby football.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- a horse kept for common hire or adapted for general work, esp. ordinary riding.
- a saddle horse used for transportation, rather than for show, hunting, or the like.
- an old or worn-out horse; jade.
- a coach or carriage kept for hire; hackney.
- a taxi.
- Also,hackie.a cabdriver.
- a prison guard.
- to make a hack of; let out for hire.
- to make trite or stale by frequent use; hackney.
- to drive a taxi.
- to ride or drive on the road at an ordinary pace, as distinguished from cross-country riding or racing.
- to rent a horse, esp. by the hour.
- hired as a hack; of a hired sort: a hack writer; hack work.
- hackneyed; trite; banal: hack writing.
- a rack for drying food, as fish.
- a rack for holding fodder for livestock.
- a low pile of unburnt bricks in the course of drying.
- (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.
- to place (something) on a hack, as for drying or feeding.
- to train (a young hawk) by letting it fly freely and feeding it at a hack board or a hack house.
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