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"whack" in British English

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whackverb

uk   /wæk/  us   /wæk/
[T] to ​hit someone or something ​noisily: He whacked the ​treetrunk with his ​stick. She whacked him in the ​mouth.
[T + adv/prep] UK informal to ​quickly put something ​somewhere: "Where shall I put my ​bag?" "Just whack it in the ​corner there."

whacknoun

uk   /wæk/  us   /wæk/
  • whack noun (SHARE)

[S or U] UK informal a ​share or ​part: Low ​earners will ​pay only ​half the ​charge but high ​earners will have to payfull whack (= ​pay the ​wholeamount). That's not a fair whack.
take a whack (at sth)
US informal to ​try to do something: Take a whack at the ​homework, then ​ask for ​help if you need it.
top whack UK informal
the ​highestpossibleprice or ​payment: They're ​prepared to ​paytop whack for ​goods like this.
  • whack noun (NOT RIGHT)

out of whack US informal
not ​operatingcorrectly or ​lookingright: You can use Carol's ​oldbike - the ​gears are out of whack, but it still goes.
(Definition of whack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whack" in American English

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whackverb [T]

 us   /hwæk, wæk/
to give someone or something a hard, ​noisyhit: He whacked his ​newspaper on the back of the ​chair as he ​talked.
whack
noun [C]  us   /hwæk, wæk/
She ​gripped her ​racket with both ​hands and gave the ​ball a hard whack.
(Definition of whack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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