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Definition of Hack


  1. A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.
  2. Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.
  3. To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.
  4. Fig.: To mangle in speaking.
  5. To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.
  6. A notch; a cut.
  7. An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.
  8. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
  9. A kick on the shins.
  10. A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
  11. A coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach.
  12. A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
  13. A procuress.
  14. Hackneyed; hired; mercenary.
  15. To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
  16. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
  17. To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
  18. To live the life of a drudge or hack.
  19. To ride or drive as one does with a hack horse; to ride at an ordinary pace, or over the roads, as distinguished from riding across country or in military fashion.
  20. To kick the shins of (an opposing payer).
  21. A kick on the shins, or a cut from a kick.

Hack Quotations

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Bruce Lee

Ronald Reagan was a dim hack who did horrible damage to almost everything he touched.
Charlie Pierce

Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.
Mary Pickford

It could be that all awful dictators are frustrated artists - Mao with his poetry and Mussolini with his monuments. Stalin was once a journalistic hack, and I can personally testify to how frustrated they are. Pol Pot left a very edgy photo collection behind. And Osama seems quite interested in video.
P. J. O'Rourke

The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly.
Vance Packard
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Hack Translations

hack in Dutch is houwen, kappen, hakken
hack in Finnish is hakata
hack in French is pic, hacher
hack in German is Hieb, hacken, Hacke
hack in Italian is zappa, fendente
hack in Portuguese is corte
hack in Swedish is hacka, hugga
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