Meaning of hack

hack




To hack is to cut or chop something with short strong blows, like if you hack your way through a thick jungle with a machete. To hack is also to illegally break into someone’s computer.

The Old English root word is haccian, which means “to cut into pieces,” but hack also means to cough frequently. A tickle in your throat can make you hack. If you call someone a hack, you mean they’re not great at what they do — especially writing. A mediocre writer is called a hack. Once upon a time hack was short for “an ordinary horse,” and now it’s an insult for writers. No one wants to be a hack!

Definitions of hack
  1. verb

    cut away

    “he
    hacked his way through the forest”
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    type of:

    cut

    separate with or as if with an instrument

  2. verb

    cut with a hacking tool

    synonyms:

    chop

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    types:

    ax, axe

    chop or split with an ax
    type of:

    cut

    separate with or as if with an instrument

  3. noun

    a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil

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    type of:

    tool

    an implement used in the practice of a vocation

  4. verb

    fix a computer program piecemeal until it works

    “I’m not very good at
    hacking but I’ll give it my best”
    synonyms:

    hack on

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    type of:

    program, programme

    write a computer program

  5. verb

    significantly cut up a manuscript

    synonyms:

    cut up

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    type of:

    edit, redact

    prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting

  6. verb

    cough spasmodically

    “The patient with emphysema is
    hacking all day”
    synonyms:

    whoop

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    type of:

    cough

    exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion

  7. verb

    be able to manage or manage successfully

    “I can’t
    hack it anymore”
    synonyms:

    cut

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    type of:

    contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage

    come to terms with

  8. verb

    kick on the shins

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    type of:

    foul

    commit a foul; break the rules

  9. verb

    kick on the arms

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    type of:

    foul

    commit a foul; break the rules

  10. noun

    one who works hard at boring tasks

    synonyms:

    drudge, hacker

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    types:

    plodder, slogger

    someone who works slowly and monotonously for long hours
    type of:

    unskilled person

    a person who lacks technical training

  11. noun

    a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

    synonyms:

    machine politician, political hack, ward-heeler

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    type of:

    pol, political leader, politician, politico

    a person active in party politics

  12. noun

    a mediocre and disdained writer

    synonyms:

    hack writer, literary hack

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    type of:

    author, writer

    writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

  13. noun

    a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

    synonyms:

    cab, taxi, taxicab

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    types:

    gypsy cab

    a taxicab that cruises for customers although it is licensed only to respond to calls
    minicab

    a minicar used as a taxicab
    type of:

    auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

  14. noun

    a horse kept for hire

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    type of:

    Equus caballus, horse

    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

  15. noun

    a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

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    type of:

    mount, riding horse, saddle horse

    a lightweight horse kept for riding only

  16. noun

    an old or over-worked horse

    synonyms:

    jade, nag, plug

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    type of:

    Equus caballus, horse

    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

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