- 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.
- 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.
- whack off,
- 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.
- out of whack, Informal. out of order or alignment; not in proper condition.
Origin of whack
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Examples from the Web for whack
Say the Democrats: When all else fails, whack them on Social Security.Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!
October 28, 2014
But this new flavor of rhetorical flimflam is still pretty, well, whack.What Did You Do in the Targeted Action, Daddy?
September 12, 2014
Why is he dialing down the humor and dialing up the moralizing, throwing his immaculate comedic balance out of whack?Why I Fell in Love With ‘Louie’ Again, Artistic Pretensions and All
June 17, 2014
Apple is working on an automatic alert system that rings a doctor if blood sugar or blood pressure gets out of whack.Apple Health App Plays to Our Laziness—and It’s Brilliant
June 3, 2014
First, Herz argues, our ability to weigh risk is out of whack, because CrossFit is more like a sport than a Pilates class.Inside the Cult of CrossFit
May 30, 2014
This gentleman said he never told a fellow what ailed him until he got his whack.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
There was a whack as one lump hit the boat, and a grunt as the other struck some man.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Virginie had caught her a whack with all her might on her bare arm, just above the elbow.
But on most of the occasions she only caught some whack for her trouble.
"We won't get much of a whack at the Jerries," the colonel said rather testily.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
- 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
Word Origin and History for whack
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with whack
In addition to the idioms beginning with whack
- whacked out
- whack off
- have a crack (whack) at
- out of kilter (whack)