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Definition of 'hack'

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  1. one who works hard at boring tasks
       Synonyms: drudge hacker
  2. a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
       Synonyms: machine politician ward-heeler political hack
  3. a mediocre and disdained writer
       Synonyms: hack writer literary hack
  4. a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
  5. a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
       Synonyms: cab taxi taxicab
  6. an old or over-worked horse
       Synonyms: jade nag plug
  7. a horse kept for hire
  8. a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.


  1. cut with a hacking tool
       Synonyms: chop
  2. be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"
       Synonyms: cut
  3. cut away; "he hacked his way through the forest"
  4. kick on the arms
  5. kick on the shins
  6. fix a computer program piecemeal until it works; "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best"
       Synonyms: hack on
  7. significantly cut up a manuscript
       Synonyms: cut up
  8. cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day"
       Synonyms: whoop

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