Nearby words

  1. hachoo,
  2. hachure,
  3. hacienda,
  4. hacienda heights,
  5. haciendado,
  6. hack board,
  7. hack hammer,
  8. hack house,
  9. hack off,
  10. hackamore

Idioms

    hack it, Slang. to handle or cope with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly: The new recruit just can't hack it.

Origin of hack

1
1150–1200; Middle English hacken; compare Old English tōhaccian to hack to pieces; cognate with Dutch hakken, German hacken

Synonym study

1. mangle, haggle.

Synonym study

1. See cut.

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British Dictionary definitions for hack it

hack

1
/ (hæk) /

verb

noun

See also hack off

Word Origin for hack

Old English haccian; related to Old Frisian hackia, Middle High German hacken

hack

2
/ (hæk) /

noun

verb

adjective

(prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginalhack writing

Word Origin for hack

C17: short for hackney

hack

3
/ (hæk) /

noun

a rack used for fodder for livestock
a board on which meat is placed for a hawk
a pile or row of unfired bricks stacked to dry

verb (tr)

to place (fodder) in a hack
to place (bricks) in a hack

Word Origin for hack

C16: variant of hatch ²

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Word Origin and History for hack it
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