to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever (something) with or as with heavy, irregular blows (often followed by up or down): to hack meat; to hack down trees.
to break up the surface of (the ground).
to clear (a road, path, etc.) by cutting away vines, trees, brush, or the like: They hacked a trail through the jungle.
to reduce or cut ruthlessly; trim: The Senate hacked the budget severely before returning it to the House.
Slang. to deal or cope with; handle: He can't hack all this commuting.
to modify (a computer program or electronic device) or write (a program) in a skillful or clever way: Developers have hacked the app.I hacked my tablet to do some very cool things.
to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.), often with malicious intent: Criminals hacked the bank's servers yesterday.Our cybersecurity team systematically hacks our network to find vulnerabilities.
Informal. to make use of a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing (something): to hack a classic recipe;to hack your weekend with healthy habits.
Basketball. to strike the arm of (an opposing ball handler): He got a penalty for hacking the shooter.
British. to kick or kick at the shins of (an opposing player) in Rugby football.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to embarrass, annoy, or disconcert.
to make rough cuts or notches; deal cutting blows.
to cough harshly, usually in short and repeated spasms.
to modify a computer program or electronic device in a skillful or clever way: to hack around with HTML;It's pretty easy to hack with scripts.
to break into a network, computer, file, etc., often with malicious intent: Students tried to hack into their school server to change their grades.
to take a poor, ineffective, or awkward swing at the ball.
to play tennis at a mediocre level.
British. to kick or kick at an opponent's shins in Rugby football.
a cut, gash, or notch.
a tool, as an ax, hoe, or pick, for hacking.
an act or instance of hacking; a cutting blow.
a short, rasping dry cough.
a hesitation in speech.
a piece of code that modifies a computer program in a skillful or clever way: software hacks.
an act or instance of breaking into a network, computer, file, etc., often with malicious intent (often used attributively): a hack on our system;a recent hack attack.
Informal. a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing something: hacks for holiday entertaining;parenting hacks.
Curling. an indentation made in the ice at the foot score, for supporting the foot in delivering the stone.
British. a gash in the skin produced by a kick, as in Rugby football.
hack around, Slang. to pass the time idly; indulge in idle talk.
Idioms about hack
hack it, Slang. to handle or cope with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly: The new recruit just can't hack it.
Other definitions for hack (2 of 3)
a person, such as an artist or writer, who exploits their creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work; one who produces banal and mediocre work for money in the hope of gaining commercial success in the arts: As a painter, he was little more than a hack.
a professional who renounces or surrenders individual independence, integrity, belief, etc., in return for money or other reward in the performance of a task normally thought of as involving a strong personal commitment: The senator was widely considered a mere political hack.
a writer who works on the staff of a publisher at a dull or routine task; someone who works as a literary drudge: He was one among the many hacks on Grub Street.
a horse kept for common hire or adapted for general work, especially ordinary riding.
a saddle horse used for transportation, rather than for show, hunting, or the like.
an old or worn-out horse; jade.
a coach or carriage kept for hire; hackney.
Also hackie . a cabdriver.
Slang. a prison guard.
to make a hack of; let out for hire.
to make trite or stale by frequent use; hackney.
Informal. to drive a taxi.
to ride or drive on the road at an ordinary pace, as distinguished from cross-country riding or racing.
British. to rent a horse, especially by the hour.
Other definitions for hack (3 of 3)
a rack for drying food, as fish.
a rack for holding fodder for livestock.
a low pile of unburnt bricks in the course of drying.
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How to use hack in a sentence
Google will pay you $1,000 to hack some of Android’s most popular appsOversecured is not yet profitable, but Toshin has also not taken any venture-backed funding to date.Mobile security startup Oversecured launches after self-funding $1 million, thanks to bug bounty payouts | Zack Whittaker | November 12, 2020 | TechCrunch
Below are more tips and hacks from Arentzen, Larsen and other experts for staying safe and warm in the great outdoors this winter.Winter camping is not for the faint of heart. Here’s how to do it. | Melanie D.G. Kaplan | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Part of that significance is that GitHub itself was not actually hacked.GitHub’s source code was leaked on GitHub last night… sort of | Jim Salter | November 5, 2020 | Ars Technica
It’s fine to laugh at Rudy Giuliani being set up with a Project Veritas-style sting that shows him doing nothing more than being overly kind to a pretty foreign reporter, because after all, Giuliani has devolved into a Trumpist hack.You should side with Borat’s victims, not mock them | Sonny Bunch | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Ransomware is a type of hack in which an attacker uses malware to hijack a victim’s system and demands payment before handing back control.A wave of ransomware hits US hospitals as coronavirus spikes | Patrick Howell ONeill | October 29, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Interestingly, The Interview was the one movie that was not stolen and made available online by those who hacked Sony.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, one warm summer day, Andrew and Abby were found hacked to death more than a dozen times with an ax.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House? | Nina Strochlic | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As with the recent hacked celebrity photos, the victim did not consent to this material being made public.How Could the NFL Not Know About the Brutal Second Ray Rice Tape? | Robert Silverman | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To call it a “scandal” when yet another celebrity has private nude photos hacked and released is deeply misleading.'The Fappening' and Revenge Porn Culture: Jennifer Lawrence and the Creepshot Epidemic | Amanda Marcotte | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most security experts believe individual accounts were hacked, by exploiting password resets, rather than the Apple cloud itself.Downton Star Jessica Brown Findlay Is Latest Sex Tape Hacking Victim | Tom Sykes | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They did little damage, but hacked and cut the portraits of the King—the poor King who had meant so well by his kingdom.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
They hacked a tree down and split it into long sections by means of wedges, in order to get suitable wood for their spear-shafts.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
He visited them daily to see how they throve, and was very angry when he saw, one day, that a favorite tree was badly hacked.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies | H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
It was in a little case which had been hacked through by knives.Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
More than fifty, many of them sixty feet long, were hacked to pieces.Celebrated Travels and Travellers | Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for hack (1 of 3)
(when intr, usually foll by at or away) to cut or chop (at) irregularly, roughly, or violently
to cut and clear (a way, path, etc), as through undergrowth
(in sport, esp rugby) to foul (an opposing player) by kicking or striking his shins
basketball to commit the foul of striking (an opposing player) on the arm
(intr) to cough in short dry spasmodic bursts
(tr) to reduce or cut (a story, article, etc) in a damaging way
to manipulate a computer program skilfully, esp, to gain unauthorized access to another computer system
(tr) slang to tolerate; cope with: I joined the army but I couldn't hack it
hack to bits to damage severely: his reputation was hacked to bits
a cut, chop, notch, or gash, esp as made by a knife or axe
any tool used for shallow digging, such as a mattock or pick
a chopping blow
a dry spasmodic cough
a kick on the shins, as in rugby
a wound from a sharp kick
- See also hack off
British Dictionary definitions for hack (2 of 3)
a horse kept for riding or (more rarely) for driving
an old, ill-bred, or overworked horse
a horse kept for hire
British a country ride on horseback
a person who produces mediocre literary or journalistic work
Also called: hackney US a coach or carriage that is for hire
Also called: hackie US informal
a cab driver
British to ride (a horse) cross-country for pleasure
(tr) to let (a horse) out for hire
(tr) informal to write (an article) as or in the manner of a hack
(intr) US informal to drive a taxi
(prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginal: hack writing
British Dictionary definitions for hack (3 of 3)
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
to place (fodder) in a hack
to place (bricks) in a hack
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