hack
Pronunciation Verb

hack (hacks, present participle hacking; past and past participle hacked)

  1. (transitive) To chop or cut down in a rough manner. [circa 12th c.]
    They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 6
      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.
  2. (intransitive) To cough noisily. [19th c.]
    This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.
  3. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation. [20th c.]
    Can you hack it out here with no electricity or running water?
  4. (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.
    Synonyms: frob, tweak
    I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later.
  5. (computing) To accomplish a difficult programming task.
    He can hack like no one else and make the program work as expected.
  6. (computing, slang, transitive) To work with something on an intimately technical level.
    I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
  7. (transitive, colloquial, by extension) To apply a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to something to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
    I read up on dating tips so I can hack my sex life.
  8. (transitive, slang, computing) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to (a computer system, e.g., a website, or network) by manipulating code.
    Synonyms: crack
  9. (transitive, slang, computing, by extension) To gain unauthorised access to a computer or online account belonging to (a person or organisation).
    When I logged into the social network, I discovered I'd been hacked.
  10. (ice hockey) To strike an opponent's leg with one's hockey stick.
    He's going to the penalty box after hacking the defender in front of the goal.
  11. (ice hockey) To make a flailing attempt to hit the puck with a hockey stick.
    There's a scramble in front of the net as the forwards are hacking at the bouncing puck.
  12. (baseball) To swing at a pitched ball.
    He went to the batter's box hacking.
  13. (soccer and rugby) To kick (a player) on the shins.
    • 2019, Barney Ronay, Liverpool’s waves of red fury and recklessness end in joyous bedlam (in The Guardian, 8 May 2019)
      Barcelona had been harried and hurried and stretched thin by the midway point in the second half. Tackles flew in. Toes were crushed, shins barked, ankles hacked.
  14. To strike in a frantic movement.
  15. (transitive) To strike lightly as part of tapotement massage.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: hacken
  • Italian: accedere illegalmente, introdursi illegamente, penetrare abusivamente
  • Portuguese: hackear, invadir
  • Russian: взлома́ть
  • Spanish: hackear
Translations Translations Translations Noun

hack (plural hacks)

  1. A tool for chopping. [14th c.]
  2. A hacking blow. [19th c.]
  3. A gouge or notch made by such a blow.
  4. A dry cough.
  5. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
  6. (figuratively) A try, an attempt. [19th c.]
  7. (curling) The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  8. (obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pickaxe.
  9. (computing) An expedient, temporary solution, such as a small patch or change to code, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  10. (computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  11. (colloquial) A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
    Putting your phone in a sandwich bag when you go to the beach is such a great hack.
  12. (computing, slang) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network.
  13. (computing, slang) A video game or any computer software that has been altered from its original state.
  14. (slang, military) Time check.
  15. (baseball) A swing of the bat at a pitched ball by the batter.
    He took a few hacks, but the pitcher finally struck him out.
  16. A kick on the shins in football.
    • 1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's School Days.
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  17. (slang, naval) Confinement of an officer to their stateroom as a punishment.
    • 2013, David Cauthen, When Destiny Comes to a Fork in the Road, p. 426:
      “Lieutenant Cauthen, you've got ten seconds to explain yourself before I put you in hack!”
Synonyms Related terms
  • marginal hacks
Translations
  • Italian: tosse secca
  • Portuguese: tosse seca
  • Russian: сухо́й ка́шель
Translations Translations Noun

hack (plural hacks)

  1. (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.
  2. A food-rack for cattle.
  3. A rack used to dry something, such as bricks, fish, or cheese.
  4. A grating in a mill race.
Verb

hack (hacks, present participle hacking; past and past participle hacked)

  1. To lay (bricks) on a rack to dry.
  2. (falconry) To keep (young hawks) in a state of partial freedom, before they are trained.
Noun

hack (plural hacks)

  1. A horse for hire, especially one which is old and tired. [from 16th c.]
  2. A person, often a journalist, hired to do routine work. [from 17th c.]
    I got by on hack work for years before I finally published my novel.
  3. (pejorative) Someone who is available for hire; hireling, mercenary.
  4. (slang) A taxicab (hackney cab) driver.
  5. (now, chiefly, North America, colloquial) A vehicle let for hire; originally, a hackney coach, now typically a taxicab. [from 17th c.]
    • 1728, [Alexander Pope], “(please specify )”, in The Dunciad. An Heroic Poem. In Three Books, Dublin; London: Reprinted for A. Dodd, OCLC 1033416756 ↗:
  6. A hearse.
    • 1920s, Jimmie Rodgers, Frankie and Johnny (song)
      Bring out the rubber-tired buggie/Bring out the rubber-tired hack/I'm takin' my Johnny to the graveyard/But I ain't gonna bring him back
  7. (pejorative, authorship) An untalented writer.
    Dason is nothing but a two-bit hack.
    He's nothing but the typical hack writer.
  8. (pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  9. (pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  10. (politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory)
  11. (obsolete) A writer who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
    • Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed, / Who long was a bookseller's hack.
  12. (obsolete) A procuress.
Synonyms
  • (A saddle horse which is old and tired) nag
Translations Translations Verb

hack (hacks, present participle hacking; past and past participle hacked)

  1. (dated) To make common or cliched; to vulgarise.
  2. To ride a horse at a regular pace; to ride on a road (as opposed to riding cross-country etc.).
  3. (obsolete) To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
  4. (obsolete) To live the life of a drudge or hack.
  5. To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
  6. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
    • The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of late.
Noun

hack (plural hacks)

  1. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for use in hackeysack.
Translations Verb

hack (hacks, present participle hacking; past and past participle hacked)

  1. To play hackeysack.



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