[ hwak, wak ]
/ ʰwæk, wæk /
verb (used with object)
to strike with a smart, resounding blow or blows.
Slang. to divide into or take in shares (often followed by up): Whack the loot between us two.
verb (used without object)
to strike a smart, resounding blow or blows.
a smart, resounding blow: a whack with his hand.
Informal. a trial or attempt: to take a whack at a job.
Slang. a portion or share.
- to cut off or separate with a blow: The cook whacked off the fish's head.
- Slang: Vulgar. to masturbate.
whack out, Slang. to produce quickly or, sometimes, carelessly: She whacks out a short story every week or so.
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Idioms for whack
out of whack, Informal. out of order or alignment; not in proper condition.
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British Dictionary definitions for out of whack
/ (wæk) /
to strike with a sharp resounding blow
(usually passive) British informal to exhaust completely
(tr; usu foll by in or on) informal to put something on to or into something else with force or abandonwhack on some sunscreen
(tr) US slang to murderif you were out of line you got whacked
a sharp resounding blow or the noise made by such a blow
informal a share or portion
informal a try or attempt (esp in the phrase have a whack at)
out of whack informal out of order; unbalancedthe whole system is out of whack
an exclamation imitating the noise of a sharp resounding blow
Derived forms of whackwhacker, noun
Word Origin for whack
C18: perhaps a variant of thwack, ultimately of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with out of whack (1 of 2)
out of whack
see under out of kilter.
Idioms and Phrases with out of whack (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with whack
- whacked out
- whack off
- have a crack (whack) at
- out of kilter (whack)
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