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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a hacking cough (=a bad cough with an unpleasant sound)
hacked off
▪ I’m getting really hacked off about the whole thing.
hacking cough
▪ The greatest Pharaonic inscription was defaced in antiquity; the disgraced Roman Third Legion had its name hacked away.
▪ One afternoon as he was hacking away on his violin, a maid appeared with a message from below.
▪ No doubt you are out there hacking away instead of sleeping in on Sunday morning.
▪ However, every time we had a break into there half we were hacked down.
▪ Waddle played a lovely through ball to bright I think, who was then hacked down.
▪ Forests get hacked down because nobody stands up to the logging industry.
▪ They had been married for only a few weeks before he had been hacked down by a sabre.
▪ This is grief and hatred and people hacked to death.
▪ Al-Walid Ibn Yazid: hacked to death.
▪ To hack to death all that didn't fit in.
▪ They were hacked to death and their bodies set on fire.
▪ They were hacked to death as they sunbathed at Sodwana Bay, Zululand.
▪ Daphne says that many baby elephants arrive at the sanctuary in shock, having seen their entire extended family hacked to death.
▪ The body had been hacked into pieces and stuffed into a dustbin outside Alice Modes Fashions.
▪ While Grover tried to sweet-talk him, he would hack a chair to pieces.
▪ He hacked the pizza into pieces and asked Wickham whether he would like some.
▪ His body was hacked to pieces before an attempt was made to crudely incinerate it.
▪ She was watching a poor demented man, obviously having a bad day, hacking his way up the fairway towards her.
▪ Greens hope to rally crowds to block the road-building crews as they hack their way into the thick forest.
▪ The Rockets seem happier hacking their way through the brambles than skipping across a grassy meadow.
▪ He hacked his way through his cereal - Alf had been right - or had it been Bert?
▪ We hacked our way into the left atrium and left ventricle, admiring the porterhouse heft of the muscles.
▪ All of the victims had been hacked to death.
▪ He picked up an axe and began hacking at the door.
▪ I couldn't stop hacking last night.
▪ Robert was hacking at the base of the tree with an axe.
▪ The bodies of the five men had been hacked to pieces.
▪ The two women were hacked to pieces by their attackers.
▪ They managed to hack their way through the jungle.
▪ Bill Atkinson quickly hacked a driver program that allowed the mouse to move a cursor on the computer screen.
▪ But against all my expectations, the longer he kept away, the more I found I could hack it.
▪ But propaganda that all old-growth forests are being hacked down willy-nilly is nonsense.
▪ Often, for shrubbery to thrive, it first had to be hacked to the ground.
▪ The first was hacking round Crieff, eventually posting a horrendous score of 112, with Roy Nicolson as his playing partner.
▪ The lower-tier offence should cover simple hacking and the other, hacking with intent to steal or damage.
▪ Of course, that division could be applied to many political hacks who were in Herbst.
▪ Bookie wire rooms were visible from the streets. Political hacks were mismanaging city agencies.
▪ A group of hacks were huddled around the gates, waiting for her to emerge.
▪ Before the election Davies was considered just a political hack.
▪ the hacks who write TV movies
▪ The editor sent one of his hacks to interview the murderer's girlfriend.
▪ It was heralded by more than one hack as being just another gadget.
▪ London is, or was, a great refuge for hacks.
▪ On our wish-list, needless to say, we would name only serious writers, rather than hacks or functionaries.
▪ The hacks need any crumb of information to help them have a stab at selecting their probable line-ups.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

taxicab \tax"i*cab\, n. an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; -- also called a taxi, and informally called a cab or a hack. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a cab driver or cabbie, and sometimes as a chauffeur or hackie.

Note: Taxicabs may be engaged by a prior appointment made, e.g. by telephone, or they may cruise for passengers, i.e. they may drive in city streets and stop to pick up pasengers when they are signalled by a prospective passenger. The act of signalling a taxicab (usually by a wave of the arm) is often called

to hail a cab or

to flag down a cab.


Heck \Heck\, n. [See Hatch a half door.] [Written also hack.]

  1. The bolt or latch of a door. [Prov. Eng.]

  2. A rack for cattle to feed at. [Prov. Eng.]

  3. A door, especially one partly of latticework; -- called also heck door. [Prov. Eng.]

  4. A latticework contrivance for catching fish.

  5. (Weaving) An apparatus for separating the threads of warps into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the bobbins, in a warping machine.

  6. A bend or winding of a stream. [Prov. Eng.]

    Half heck, the lower half of a door.

    Heck board, the loose board at the bottom or back of a cart.

    Heck box or Heck frame, that which carries the heck in warping.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to cut roughly, cut with chopping blows," c.1200, from verb found in stem of Old English tohaccian "hack to pieces," from West Germanic *hakkon (cognates: Old Frisian hackia "to chop or hack," Dutch hakken, Old High German hacchon, German hacken), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth." Perhaps influenced by Old Norse höggva "to hack, hew" (cognates: hacksaw). Slang sense of "cope with" (such as in can't hack it) is first recorded in American English 1955, with a sense of "get through by some effort," as a jungle (cognates: phrase hack after "keep working away at" attested from late 14c.). Related: Hacked; hacking.


"person hired to do routine work," c.1700, ultimately short for hackney "an ordinary horse" (c.1300), probably from place name Hackney, Middlesex (q.v.). Apparently nags were raised on the pastureland there in early medieval times. Extended sense of "horse for hire" (late 14c.) led naturally to "broken-down nag," and also "prostitute" (1570s) and "drudge" (1540s). Sense of "carriage for hire" (1704) led to modern slang for "taxicab." As an adjective, 1734, from the noun. Hack writer is first recorded 1826, though hackney writer is at least 50 years earlier. Hack-work is recorded from 1851.


"illegally enter a computer system," by 1984; apparently a back-formation from hacker. Related: Hacked; hacking. Earlier verb senses were "to make commonplace" (1745), "make common by everyday use" (1590s), "use (a horse) for ordinary riding" (1560s), all from hack (n.2).


"tool for chopping," early 14c., from hack (v.1); cognates: Danish hakke "mattock," German Hacke "pickax, hatchet, hoe." Meaning "an act of cutting" is from 1836; figurative sense of "a try, an attempt" is first attested 1898.


"to cough with a short, dry cough," 1802, perhaps from hack (v.1) on the notion of being done with difficulty, or else imitative.


Etymology 1 n. 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 (context figuratively English) A try, an attempt. (19th c.) 7 (context curling English) The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery. 8 (context obsolete English) A mattock or a miner's pick. 9 (context computing slang English) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network. 10 (context computing English) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming. 11 (context computing English) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible. 12 (context computing English) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date. 13 (context colloquial English) A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity, efficiency or ease. 14 (context slang military English) Time check. 15 (context baseball English) A swing of the bat at a pitched ball by the batter. 16 A kick on the shins in football. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To chop or cut down in a rough manner. (circa 12th c.) 2 (context intransitive English) To cough noisily. (19th c.) 3 To withstand or put up with a difficult situation. ( 20th c.) 4 (context transitive slang computing English) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to (a computer system, e.g., a website, or network) by manipulating code; to crack. 5 (context transitive slang computing English) By extension, to gain unauthorised access to a computer or online account belonging to (a person or organisation). 6 (context computing English) To accomplish a difficult programming task. 7 (context computing English) 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. 8 (context transitive colloquial by extension English) To apply a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to something to increase productivity, efficiency or ease. 9 (cx computing slang transitive English) To work with on an intimately technical level. 10 (context ice hockey English) To strike an opponent's leg with one's hockey stick. 11 (context ice hockey English) To make a flailing attempt to hit the puck with a hockey stick. 12 (context baseball English) To swing at a pitched ball. 13 (cx football English) To kick (a player) on the shins. 14 To strike in a frantic movement. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context falconry English) 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. vb. 1 To lay (bricks) on a rack to dry. 2 (context falconry English) To keep (young hawks) in a state of partial freedom, before they are trained. Etymology 3

n. 1 (context obsolete English) An ordinary saddle horse, especially one which has been let out for hire and is old and tired. (from the 14th c.) 2 A person, often a journalist, hired to do routine work. (newspaper hack) (from the 17th c.) 3 (context pejorative English) Someone who is available for hire; hireling, mercenary. 4 (context slang English) A taxicab (hackney cab) driver. 5 A coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach. 6 (context pejorative English) An untalented writer. 7 (context pejorative English) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.) 8 (context pejorative English) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language. 9 (context politics English) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory) 10 (context obsolete English) A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge. 11 (context obsolete English) A procuress. vb. 1 (context dated English) 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 (context obsolete English) To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute. 4 (context obsolete English) 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. Etymology 4

n. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for use in hackeysack. vb. To play hackeysack.

  1. n. one who works hard at boring tasks [syn: drudge, hacker]

  2. a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends [syn: machine politician, ward-heeler, political hack]

  3. a mediocre and disdained writer [syn: hack writer, literary hack]

  4. a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for hacking the soil

  5. a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money [syn: cab, taxi, taxicab]

  6. an old or over-worked horse [syn: jade, nag, plug]

  7. a horse kept for hire

  8. a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

  1. v. cut with a hacking tool [syn: chop]

  2. informal: be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office" [syn: cut]

  3. cut away; "he hacked with way through the forest"

  4. kick on the arms

  5. 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" [syn: hack on]

  7. significantly cut up a manuscript [syn: cut up]

  8. cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day" [syn: whoop]


Hack may refer to:

Hack (video game)

Hack is a 1982 roguelike video game that introduced shops as gameplay elements and expanded available monsters, items, and spells. It later became the basis for NetHack.

Hack (TV series)

Hack is a television series that aired on the American CBS television network from 2002 to 2004. The show also aired in the United Kingdom on ITV3 and started on CBS Drama on February 10, 2015 and later CBS Action, in Australia on Network Ten and in France on M6. The final four episodes of the first season were never aired on ITV3 in the United Kingdom as the station allowed the broadcast rights to lapse before they were shown but the CBS channels showed all episodes from both seasons. In the United States, the series was one of the last network scripted series to be scheduled during Saturday prime-time. The series was produced by The Thomas Carter Company, Pariah, Big Ticket Television and CBS Productions.

Hack (comics)
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Hack (masonry)

A hack is a row of stacked green ( unfired) bricks protected from the rain by a covering of straw, slates or special wooden hack covers, the sides protected by mats or planks.

Hack (falconry)

Hacking is a training method that helps young falcons reach their hunting potential by giving them exercise and experience. This technique is used to prepare the falcon to become an independent hunter. The sequence of the procedure includes captivity, releasing, flight, and either the falcon will be recaptured for falconry or released into the wild. This has also been adapted to other raptor species to preserve the population. Generally, falconers agree that hacked falcons are better and more preferred in the field. Hacking is beneficial, not only for the falconers, but for the bird itself and the species; however, there are some criticism and restrictions that come along with this method.

Hack (radio program)

Hack is the title of a current affairs radio program on Australian national radio broadcaster Triple J.

The show began at the start of 2004 after a shake up of the station's programming. The previous current affairs program, The Morning Show from 9 a.m. to midday, was axed and the half-hour Hack was its replacement, from 5.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

It was hosted by Steve Cannane until mid-2006. At this point, Cannane left Triple J radio to become the current affairs reporter for their jtv program. One of Cannane's stories on Hack, "Petrol Sniffing, Pill Testing and the Cost of War", earned him a Walkley Award. He won the Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing in 2006.

Kate O'Toole was Cannane's replacement as host of the radio program. O'Toole remained with the program until December 2010, she was replaced by Tom Tilley.

In April 2012, journalist Sophie McNeill was announced as host of the program with Tom Tilley becoming the face of Hack on ABC News 24, he will continue to be a reporter for the show. Sophie went on maternity leave in 2013, and Tom Tilley returned to the host role permanently when she decided not to return.

The current Executive Producer is Michael Atkin.

Hack (album)

Hack is an album by the freestyle synthpop band Information Society. The album sold quite well but did not outsell the band's first album. It is the only major-label-distributed title that has the modern Tommy Boy Records logo on it.

Hack (horse)

Hack within the activity of equestrianism commonly refers to one of two things: as a verb, it describes the act of riding a horse for light exercise, and as a noun, it is a type of horse used for riding out at ordinary speeds over roads and trails. The term is sometimes used to describe certain types of exhibition or horse show classes where quality and good manners of the horse are particularly important.

Hack (name)

Hack is a surname, a given name and a nme. Notable people with the name include:


  • Alexander Hack (born 1993), German footballer
  • Dave Hack (born 1972), Canadian Football League retired offensive lineman
  • Dorothy Weisel Hack (1910–1963), American amateur tennis player
  • Edward Hack (1913–1987), English cricketer
  • Franz Hack (1915–1997), German SS officer during World War II
  • Hermann Josef Hack (born 1956), German artist
  • Jefferson Hack (born 1971), Uruguayan journalist and magazine editor
  • Jodi Hack, American politician elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2014
  • John Barton Hack (1805–1884), settler in South Australia
  • Karl Hack (born 1966), historian of Southeast Asia, empire and counter-insurgency
  • Lester G. Hack (1844-1928), American Civil War soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Margherita Hack (1922–2013), Italian astrophysicist
  • Maria Hack (1777–1844), English writer of educational books for children
  • Olivia Hack (born 1983), American voice actress
  • Petra Hack (born 1970), German model
  • Richard Hack (born 1951), American writer
  • Sabine Hack (born 1969), German tennis player
  • Shelley Hack (born 1947), American model and actress
  • Stan Hack (1909–1979), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Wilton Hack (1843–1923), Australian artist, traveller, lecturer and utopist

Given name:

  • Henry Hack Eibel (1893–1945), Major League Baseball utility player in the 1912 and 1920 seasons
  • Hack Kampmann (1856–1920), Danish architect and professor of architecture


  • David Hackworth (1930–2005), United States Army soldier and military journalist
  • Hack Miller (1894–1971), American Major League Baseball player
  • Hack Miller (catcher) (1913-1966), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Hack Schumann (1884–1946), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Hack Simmons (1885–1942), Major League Baseball player
  • Hack Simpson (1909–1978), Canadian Olympic ice hockey player
  • Hack Spencer (1885–1969), Major League Baseball pitcher in one game
  • Hack Wilson (1900–1948), American Hall-of-Fame Major League Baseball player
Hack (programming language)

Hack is a programming language for the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), created by Facebook as a dialect of PHP. The language implementation is open-source, licensed under the BSD License.

Hack allows programmers to use both dynamic typing and static typing. This kind of a type system is called gradual typing, which is also implemented in other programming languages such as ActionScript. Hack's type system allows types to be specified for function arguments, function return values, and class properties; however, types of local variables are always inferred and cannot be specified.

Usage examples of "hack".

Maybe somebody posted it on their intranet just as a convenience to their own employees, never realizing that it made the information available to everyone on the Internet who has access to a good search engine such as Google -including the just-plain-curious, the wannabe cop, the hacker, and the organized crime boss.

Thus sustained, he thrust and hacked with a reddened saber at the men who hurled themselves, their faces contorted and their torsos adrip with perspiration, among the British seamen.

Yesterday Alfin had swarmed all over the nose-arm, hacking like a berserker maniac, like Gavving himself.

The broad aisles of baobab and shea trees tangled and vanished, leaving the safari hacking its way among close-set, scaly doum-palms.

Anyway, Hacking will continue to furnish us bauxite if we will send him all our black citizens in return for his Wahhabi and Dravidian citizens.

You have to have the hacker sort of mentality to be willing to turn your biocomputer into something more.

Here there was more change than the outside indicated, and Ward saw with regret that fully half of the fine scroll-and-urn overmantels and shell-carved cupboard linings were gone, whilst most of the fine wainscotting and bolection moulding was marked, hacked, and gouged, or covered up altogether with cheap wall-paper.

But the rib was coming off and about four inches of the barrel just as soon as Bowie got hold of a hack saw.

He rose, stretching his muscles gingerly, limped out through the hack door to the water barrel, and dashed a calabash of water over his head.

The Professor was ashore, hacking at brush with a hand axe, and tossing particularly leafy clumps and branches back up onto the deck.

Smoke curdled up among the rough hacked rafters, leather flaps covered the windows.

They were standing not more than a few feet away, hacking at the deadfall, cutting through the thorns.

They came into that part of the temple where there was a stone much hacked and defaced with scorching, a central altar once, Ray believed.

He was not large enough to tackle a huge animal like diplodocus if she was in her own element, but he had found that usually when the large reptiles came into the stream, there was something wrong with them, and twice he had been able to hack one down.

The Harry James orchestra swinging to that death beat dirge as Smitty counted in his head the seconds before he would be beat and hacked at like sweet pine.