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Noun: hack  hak
  1. One who works hard at boring tasks
    - drudge, hacker
  2. A politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
    - machine politician, ward-heeler [N. Amer], political hack, heeler [N. Amer]
  3. A mediocre and disdained writer
    - hack writer, literary hack
  4. A tool (as a hoe, pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
  5. [N. Amer] A car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
    - cab, taxi, taxicab
  6. An old or over-worked horse
    - jade, nag, plug
  7. A horse kept for hire
  8. A saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.
  9. Something that does not fix a problem but offers an alternative method to avoid it; usually a temporary solution to a software bug
    - workaround
Verb: hack  hak
  1. Cut with a hacking tool
    - chop
  2. Be able to manage or manage successfully
    "I can't hack it anymore";
    - cut
  3. Cut away
    "he hacked his way through the forest"
  4. (basketball) kick on the arms
  5. (rugby) kick on the shins
  6. Fix a computer program piecemeal until it works
    "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best";
    - hack on
  7. Significantly cut up a manuscript
    - cut up
  8. Cough spasmodically
    "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day";
    - whoop
  9. Obtain unauthorized access to a computer or network

Derived forms: hacking, hacked, hacks

Type of: author, auto, automobile, car, contend, cope, cough, cut, deal, edit, Equus caballus, foul, get by, grapple, horse, machine, make do, manage, motorcar, mount, pol [N. Amer], political leader, politician, politico, pollie [Austral], polly [Austral], program, programme [Brit, Cdn], redact, riding horse, saddle horse, tool, unskilled person, writer

Part of: fleet, Grub Street

Encyclopedia: Hack