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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 tree trunk 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 pay full whack (= pay the whole amount). 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 highest possible price or payment: They're prepared to pay top whack for goods like this.
  • whack noun (NOT RIGHT)

out of whack US informal
not operating correctly or looking right: You can use Carol's old bike - 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, noisy hit: 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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