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hack

verb  /hæk/ us  

hack verb (CUT)

[I/T] to cut something or someone with rough or uneven movements: [T] We hacked a path through the underbrush. [I] He hacked away at the logs, splitting enough wood for a fire.

hack verb (COMPUTING)

[I] to access someone else’s computer system without permission in order to obtain or change information: Someone managed to hack into the company database.

hack

noun [C]  /hæk/ us  

hack noun [C] (PERSON)

a person who willingly works or acts mostly for money or other rewards without worrying about independence, beliefs, or reputation: a political/party hack A hack is also a writer who produces a lot of work for money without caring very much about its quality.
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