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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
whacked out
whacking great
▪ Apparently someone whacked the side of my car with their door.
▪ Buckley whacked the ball into left field.
▪ If he said anything like that to me, I'd whack him!
▪ The Georgia man whacked his fist on the bar.
▪ He whacked his pants leg with the dowel.
▪ I go down like I was whacked in the face with a shovel.
▪ Like Chrissie Evert executing an effortless backhand crosscourt volley at Wimbledon, Perdita shot forward and whacked the ball home.
▪ Or a guard will put a bucket on your head and whack it with a truncheon.
▪ Paul was a distant puppet, jerking and leaping and throwing back his arms and whacking the bomb repeatedly on the side.
▪ Steve has not been the same man since he whacked Saskia with an ashtray and buried her body in Epping Forest.
▪ With a series of lame and recycled bits, this spring tryout comedy whacks us over the head with every joke.
▪ At full whack, I would guess that the Rivera exhibits some very unsociable tendencies indeed.
▪ He forgets I can lean forward in this great chair and give him a good whack across the shoulders.
▪ Upon learning of this daily miracle, a curious neighbor gave the fish a whack.
▪ He gives her another whack in the midsection with his elbow.
▪ You are expected to pay your whack to benefit society at large.
▪ The commission would act as secretary, rich Arab countries would pay the biggest whack.
▪ To be sure, my historical mentors in this race also took a whack at my Catholic heritage.
▪ She gave my hand a whack with a ruler.
▪ From outside came another quick whack of the mallet.
▪ He got a bruising whack in his right eye - the one he uses to peer through his telescope at the stars.
▪ In the fourth round of the Catalonia Open, the elements threw all our figuring out of whack.
▪ Soon the whole valley was resounding with the same thud, thud, whack, from every rooftop in the village.
▪ This is 180 degrees out of whack.
▪ To be sure, my historical mentors in this race also took a whack at my Catholic heritage.
▪ You are expected to pay your whack to benefit society at large.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Whack \Whack\, n.

  1. A smart resounding blow. [Colloq.]

  2. A portion; share; allowance. [Slang]

  3. an attempt; as, to take a whack at it. [Colloq.]

    Out of whack, out of order. [Slang]


Whack \Whack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whacked; p. pr. & vb. n. Whacking.] [Cf. Thwack.]

  1. To strike; to beat; to give a heavy or resounding blow to; to thrash; to make with whacks. [Colloq.]

    Rodsmen were whackingtheir way through willow brakes.
    --G. W. Cable.

  2. To divide into shares; as, to whack the spoils of a robbery; -- often with up. [Slang]


Whack \Whack\, v. i. To strike anything with a smart blow.

To whack away, to continue striking heavy blows; as, to whack away at a log. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to strike sharply," 1719, probably of imitative origin. The noun is from 1737. The word in out of whack (1885) is perhaps the slang meaning "share, just portion" (1785), which may be from the notion of the blow that divides, or the rap of the auctioneer's hammer. To have (or take) a whack at something "make an attempt" is from 1891. Related: Whacked; whacking. Whacked out is from 1969.

  1. (alternative form of wack crazy English) n. 1 A blow, impact or slap. 2 (cx slang English) A share or portion. 3 (cx informal English) An attempt. v

  2. 1 To hit, slap or strike. 2 (context slang English) To kill, bump off. 3 (cx transitive slang English) To share or parcel out; often with ''up''. 4 (label en sports) To beat convincingly; to thrash. 5 (label en UK usually in the negative) To surpass; to better.

  1. n. the sound made by a sharp swift blow

  2. the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack" [syn: knock, belt, rap, whang]


v. hit hard; "The teacher whacked the boy" [syn: wham, whop, wallop]

Usage examples of "whack".

In diving, the addled serpent whacked the hull so hard that Adira felt the blow at the stern.

Guil told what he knew: a whack in the head from a winch cable, a partner dead, Gerry Harper going off from Ancel in a fit of rage, the Harper brothers not dealing with each other any more for years.

As he dances by, feebly whacking the drum, Berel hears Mutterperl hiss.

My head struck the hard pavement with a resounding whack, and to that alone I owe my life, for it cleared my brain and the pain roused my temper, so that I was equal for the moment to tearing my enemy to pieces with my bare hands, and I verily believe that I should have attempted it had not my right hand, in the act of raising my body from the ground, come in contact with a bit of cold metal.

He was about to throw it to the floor when the cobber on the next perch whacked him across the back.

With a kick to the groin and a whack across his back after he doubled over, she dropped the Daimon and ran.

That was always a mess, because the derailleur got in the way and it was hard to take off, and the adjustments were always out of whack in little invisible but critical ways when it got put back together.

Beany he said he dident and he saw me with the pepersass bottel in my hand and Mister Hirvey he said now you have got to eat that creemcake or take a good licking and he took his cane, and held Beany by the coller and said 1 and Beany dident eat it, and then he said 2 and Beany dident eat it and then he said 3 and he hit Beany a auful whack over the legs and Beany hollered like time and held on to his legs, and then Mister Hirvey he said 1 again and Beany dident eat it and he said 2 and Beany dident eat it and jest as he said 3 Beany he grabed it and took a bite and tride to swaller it and i thought i shood die to see him, he spit and clawed at his mouth and he howled and jumped up and down and then he ran over to Charles Toles pump and rensed his mouth and drank out of the horse troth and Mister Hirvey and the man like to dide laffing.

Later, word came from Mitch that a couple of the kids, Stu among them, had been seen whacking the tar out of spaldeens at Dietetic Crescent.

But just at that moment a heavy object smote me a resounding whack between my shoulders that nearly felled me to the ground.

He took his place between the pipes and whacked his goalie stick on the poles to his left and right.

He kept turning his head back to the valley floor, and Per pulled his head around, kicked him, urged him on, whacked his rump with the butt of his lance, set on taking his own prisoner, a man Gobby would have let escape.

But muh Ma hus tae whack um whin eh tries tae ride Sheena up the leg whin she gits up tae go tae the lavvy.

And muttering angrily to himself, he whacked the inoffending shrubbery with his cane.

Before them was a man who was a schoolmaster, and gave whacks during the week, and who was a knobbler, and could crack their heads on the Sunday.