Origin of whacking
- 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 whacking
He killed his own son and heir by whacking him over the head with the monarchal staff in a tsar-ish fit of temper.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
The cudgel that President Obama is whacking House Republicans with is the cudgel they themselves put in his hand.Sequestration Empowered President Obama
April 25, 2013
Stop players from whacking each other with outmoded equipment.Buzz Bissinger on the NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season
January 2, 2013
After whacking North Carolina, Hurricane Irene made its second landfall in New Jersey Sunday morning.Irene Strikes New Jersey
August 27, 2011
No matter: Newt seemed pleased with himself for whacking the paper.Gingrich Rips 'Dishonest' President
May 23, 2011
Dear old maddest of created 'Caesars,' I feel as if I were whacking at him yet!The Christian
He had reminded her of it by whacking his hand against his thigh.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
He had his hat in his hand and was whacking his thigh with it.Other Main-Travelled Roads
Shouldst thou fail, it will be a whacking with staves for thine.Dave Porter in the Far North
"When there'll be a whacking," grinned Bert, always the cynic.King of Ranleigh
F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
- (intensifier)a whacking big lie
- 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 whacking
"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 whacking
In addition to the idioms beginning with whack
- whacked out
- whack off
- have a crack (whack) at
- out of kilter (whack)