To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
* 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 6
- They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
To cough noisily.
- Among other things he found a sharp hunting knife, on the keen blade of which he immediately proceeded to cut his finger. Undaunted he continued his experiments, finding that he could hack and hew splinters of wood from the table and chairs with this new toy.
To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
- This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking .
(transitive, slang, computing) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to (a computer system, e.g., a website, or network) by manipulating code; to crack.
(transitive, slang, computing) By extension, to gain unauthorised access to a computer or online account belonging to (a person or organisation).
- Can you hack it out here with no electricity or running water?
(computing) To accomplish a difficult programming task.
- When I logged into the social network, I discovered I'd been hacked .
(computing) To make a quick code change to patch a computer program, often one that, while being effective, is inelegant or makes the program harder to maintain.
- He can hack like no one else and make the program work as expected.
(transitive, colloquial, by extension) To apply a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to something to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
- I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later.
To work with on an intimately technical level.
- I read up on dating tips so I can hack my sex life.
(ice hockey) To strike an opponent's leg with one's hockey stick.
- I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
(ice hockey) To make a flailing attempt to hit the puck with a hockey stick.
- He's going to the penalty box after hacking the defender in front of the goal.
(baseball) To swing at a pitched ball.
- There's a scramble in front of the net as the forwards are hacking at the bouncing puck.
To strike in a frantic movement.
- He went to the batter's box hacking .
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, title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton
, passage=Centre-back Branislav Ivanovic then took a wild slash at the ball but his captain John Terry saved Chelsea's skin by hacking
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(terms derived from hack)
* hack down
* hack in
* , hackingly, hacky
* hack into
* hack up
* (gain unauthorized access) crack
A tool for chopping.
A hacking blow.
A gouge or notch made by such a blow.
A dry cough.
A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
(figuratively) A try, an attempt.
(curling) The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
(obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pick.
(computing, slang) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network.
(computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
(computing) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
(computing) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
(colloquial) A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
(slang, military) Time check.
(baseball) A swing of the bat at a pitched ball by the batter.
- Putting your phone in a sandwich bag when you go to the beach is such a great hack .
A kick on the shins in football.
- He took a few hacks , but the pitcher finally struck him out.
* (access attempt) crack
* band-aid, contrivance, improvision, improvisation, kludge, makeshift, quick fix, patch
* marginal hacks
Variations of (hatch), (heck).
(falconry) A board which the falcon's food is placed on; used by extension for the state of partial freedom in which they are kept before being trained.
A food-rack for cattle.
A rack used to dry something, such as bricks, fish, or cheese.
A grating in a mill race.
To lay (bricks) on a rack to dry.
(falconry) To keep (young hawks) in a state of partial freedom, before they are trained.
Abbreviation of , probably from place name Hackney
(obsolete) An ordinary saddle horse, especially one which has been let out for hire and is old and tired.
A person, often a journalist, hired to do routine work. (newspaper hack)
* I got by on hack work for years before I finally published my novel.
(pejorative) Someone who is available for hire; hireling, mercenary.
(slang) A taxicab (hackney cab) driver.
A coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach.
* Alexander Pope
(pejorative) An untalented writer.
* Dason is nothing but a two-bit hack .
* He's nothing but the typical hack writer.
(pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
(pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
(politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory)
(obsolete) A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
- On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded chariots.
(obsolete) A procuress.
- Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed, / Who long was a bookseller's hack .
*(A saddle horse which is old and tired) nag
*(worthless horse) bum
(dated) To make common or cliched; to vulgarise.
To ride a horse at a regular pace; to ride on a road (as opposed to riding cross-country etc.).
(obsolete) To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
(obsolete) To live the life of a drudge or hack.
To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
* J. H. Newman
- The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of late.
A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for use in hackeysack.
* (l) (obsolete)
To listen attentively; often used in the imperative.
* 1739 , “Hymn for Christmas-Day”, Hymns and Sacred Poems, (Charles Wesley) and (George Whitefield):
* 1906: ,
- “Glory to the new born King,
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* 1959: , A Christmas Carol
- Loud voices and a renewed uproar were raised in front of the boarding-house..."'Tis Missis Murphy's voice," said Mrs. McCaskey, harking .
- "Hark ! The Herald Tribune sings, / Advertising wondrous things!"
* hark back