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hack

verb uk   /hæk/ us  

hack verb (CUT)

[I or T, + adv/prep] to cut into pieces in a rough and violent way, often without aiming exactly: Three villagers were hacked to death in a savage attack. The butcher hacked off a large chunk of meat.UK figurative The article had been hacked about (= carelessly changed) so much it was scarcely recognizable. [T usually + adv/prep] UK in football and rugby, to kick the ball away or to foul (= act against the rules) by kicking another player in the leg: He was twice hacked down in the second half by the other team's sweeper.

hack verb (INFORMATION)

[I or T] to get into someone else's computer system without permission in order to find out information or do something illegal: Computer hacking has become very widespread over the last decade. A programmer had managed to hack into some top-secret government data. He claimed they had spied on him and tried to hack his computer. [I or T] to use someone else's phone system without permission, especially to listen to their spoken messages: Police told the actor that his phone had been hacked.

hack verb (MANAGE)

[T usually in negatives] informal to manage to deal successfully with something: I tried working on the night shift for a while, but I just couldn't hack it.

hack verb (HORSE)

[I usually + adv/prep] (also go hacking) to ride a horse in the countryside
Phrasal verbs

hack

noun [C] uk   /hæk/ us  

hack noun [C] (WRITER)

disapproving a journalist (= writer for newspapers or magazines) whose work is low in quality or does not have much imagination: Fleet Street hacks

hack noun [C] (POLITICIAN)

disapproving a politician, especially one who is not important: tired old party hacks

hack noun [C] (HORSE)

a ride on a horse in the countryside

hack noun [C] (DRIVER/CAR)

US informal (the driver of) a car that is available for rent, especially a taxi
(Definition of hack from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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