* 1916 , Frank Michler Chapman, Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America ,
A discordant note.
- for on occasions he gives utterance to an entirely uncharacteristic series of cacking'' notes, and even mounts high in the tree to sing a hesitating medley of the same unmusical ''cacks , broken whistled calls, and attempted trills.
(of a bird) To squawk.
* 1990 , P. H. Liotta, Learning to Fly ,
* 2000 , Minnesota Ornithologists? Union, The Loon , Volumes 72-74,
- Still fluffy with down, she often attacks the other birds, cacking and flashing her wings, or threatens me as I watch through the tiny peephole of the near box.
* 2007 , Turk Allcott, Time Leak ,
- While the Gyrfalcon cacked loudly on each stoop, the owl did not scream.
(brass instrument technique) To incorrectly play a note by hitting a partial other than the one intended.
- Peckle snitted them off and cacked' at them. Then he flew up by the rope-tie spot and puffed out his chest and then the wrens made another dash for the scraps and he dove down and ' cacked them away.
- The bugler hopes not to cack during his performance.
- The conductor instructed the trumpet section not to cack the first note of the symphony.
From (etyl) . Compare caca.
* 2005 , M. J. Simpson, Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams ,
(US, slang) To kill.
- ‘I asked him once if he got nervous before doing it,’ says Astin, ‘and he said he was absolutely cacking himself before going on stage, but as soon as he got there it was fantastic.’
- “He tried to shoot me, so I cacked him.”
* See also
An act of defecation.
* cack-handed, cack-house (archaic)
(Australian slang) To laugh.
- I had to cack when you fell down the stairs.
* cack up
From (back) (verb)
(obsolete, slang) Put on one's back; killed; rendered dead.
(in combination) Having specified type of back.
- He wishes to have the senior, or old square-toes, backed ; he longs to have his father on six men's shoulders; that is, carried to the grave.
- a high-backed chair
(in combination) Having specified type of backing.
- red-backed shrike
- asset-backed securities