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Verb: hack  hak
  1. Cut with heavy blows, usually using a large hand-held tool
    "hack into the trees to draw out the gummy sap";
    - chop
  2. Cut through undergrowth etc. to make a path
    "he hacked his way through the forest"
  3. Obtain unauthorized access to a computer or network
  4. [informal] Fix a computer program piecemeal until it works
    "I'm not very good at hacking on but I'll give it my best"; "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best"
  5. Cough spasmodically
    "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day";
    - whoop
  6. [informal] Be able to manage or manage successfully
    "I can't hack it anymore";
    - cut
  7. Significantly cut up a manuscript
    - cut up
  8. (basketball) kick on the arms
  9. (rugby) kick on the shins
Noun: hack  hak
  1. One who works hard at boring tasks
    - drudge, hacker [informal]
  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, informal], 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. [informal] An instance of someone obtaining unauthorized access to a computer or network
  7. Something that does not fix a problem but offers an alternative method to avoid it; usually a temporary solution to a software bug
    - workaround
  8. An old or over-worked horse
    - jade, nag, plug [N. Amer, informal]
  9. A horse kept for hire
  10. A saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

Derived forms: hacks, hacking, hacked

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

Part of: fleet, Grub Street

Encyclopedia: Hack, Lambertus Gerardus Anna