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 for hack
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, v. t. (Football)
     To kick the shins of (an opposing payer).
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, v. i.
     To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken
     manner; as, a hacking cough.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, n.
     1. A notch; a cut. --Shak.
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     2. An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in
        breaking stone.
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     3. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
        --Dr. H. More.
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     4. (Football) A kick on the shins, or a cut from a kick. --T.
        Hughes.
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     5. (Computers) A clever computer program or routine within a
        program to accomplish an objective in a non-obvious
        fashion.
        [PJC]
  
     6. (Computers) A quick and inelegant, though functional
        solution to a programming problem.
        [PJC]
  
     7. A taxicab. [informal]
        [PJC]
  
     Hack saw, a handsaw having a narrow blade stretched in an
        iron frame, for cutting metal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\ (h[a^]k), n. [See Hatch a half door.]
     1. A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for
        drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle;
        a grating in a mill race, etc.
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     2. Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hacked (h[a^]kt); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Hacking.] [OE. hakken, AS. haccian; akin to D.
     hakken, G. hacken, Dan. hakke, Sw. hacka, and perh. to E.
     hew. Cf. Hew to cut, Haggle.]
     1. To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to
        notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting
        instrument; as, to hack a post.
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              My sword hacked like a handsaw.       --Shak.
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     2. Fig.: To mangle in speaking. --Shak.
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     3. (Computers) To program (a computer) for pleasure or
        compulsively; especially, to try to defeat the security
        systems and gain unauthorized access to a computer.
        [PJC]
  
     4. To bear, physically or emotionally; as, he left the job
        because he couldn't hack the pressure. [Colloq.]
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, a.
     Hackneyed; hired; mercenary. --Wakefield.
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     Hack writer, a hack; one who writes for hire. "A vulgar
        hack writer." --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, v. t.
     1. To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
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     2. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render
        trite and commonplace.
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              The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of late.
                                                    --J. H.
                                                    Newman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\ (h[a^]k), n. [Shortened fr. hackney. See Hackney.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a
        horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as
        distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
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     2. A coach or carriage let for hire; a hackney coach;
        formerly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other;
        now, usually a taxicab.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
              On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded chariots.
                                                    --Pope.
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     3. Hence: The driver of a hack; a taxi driver; a hackman.
        [PJC]
  
     3. A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary
        work; an overworked man; a drudge.
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              Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
              Who long was a bookseller's hack.     --Goldsmith.
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     4. A procuress.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, v. i.
     1. To be exposed or offered to common use for hire; to turn
        prostitute. --Hanmer.
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     2. To live the life of a drudge or hack. --Goldsmith.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hack \Hack\, v. i.
     To ride or drive as one does with a hack horse; to ride at an
     ordinary pace, or over the roads, as distinguished from
     riding across country or in military fashion.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  taxicab \tax"i*cab\, n.
     an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired
     to carry passengers; -- also called a taxi, and informally
     called a cab or a hack. The driver of a taxicab is
     referred to as a cab driver or cabbie, and sometimes as a
     chauffeur or hackie.
  
     Note: Taxicabs may be engaged by a prior appointment made,
           e.g. by telephone, or they may cruise for passengers,
           i.e. they may drive in city streets and stop to pick up
           pasengers when they are signalled by a prospective
           passenger. The act of signalling a taxicab (usually by
           a wave of the arm) is often called
  
     to hail a cab or
  
     to flag down a cab.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heck \Heck\, n. [See Hatch a half door.] [Written also
     hack.]
     1. The bolt or latch of a door. [Prov. Eng.]
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     2. A rack for cattle to feed at. [Prov. Eng.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A door, especially one partly of latticework; -- called
        also heck door. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     4. A latticework contrivance for catching fish.
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     5. (Weaving) An apparatus for separating the threads of warps
        into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the
        bobbins, in a warping machine.
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     6. A bend or winding of a stream. [Prov. Eng.]
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     Half heck, the lower half of a door.
  
     Heck board, the loose board at the bottom or back of a
        cart.
  
     Heck box or Heck frame, that which carries the heck in
        warping.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hack
      n 1: one who works hard at boring tasks [syn: hack, drudge,
           hacker]
      2: a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a
         political party for private rather than public ends [syn:
         machine politician, ward-heeler, political hack,
         hack]
      3: a mediocre and disdained writer [syn: hack, 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 [syn: cab,
         hack, taxi, taxicab]
      6: an old or over-worked horse [syn: hack, jade, nag,
         plug]
      7: a horse kept for hire
      8: a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.
      v 1: cut with a hacking tool [syn: chop, hack]
      2: be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it
         anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"
         [syn: hack, 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" [syn: hack,
         hack on]
      7: significantly cut up a manuscript [syn: hack, cut up]
      8: cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking
         all day" [syn: hack, whoop]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  371 Moby Thesaurus words for "hack":
     Aqua-Lung, Jehu, Sunday driver, amble, amputate, antiquated,
     artificial respiration, aspiration, asthmatic wheeze, autobus, ax,
     backseat driver, balker, balky horse, banal, bark, batter,
     beast of burden, bidet, birthmark, bisect, blaze, blemish, blotch,
     blow, brand, breath, breath of air, breathe, breathe hard,
     breathe in, breathe out, breathing, broken wind, bullwhacker, bus,
     bus driver, busman, butcher, cab, cabby, cabdriver, cabman,
     cameleer, canter, caracole, carriage horse, cart horse, carter,
     cartman, carve, caste mark, cavalry horse, charioteer,
     chartered bus, chauffeur, check, checkmark, chop, cicatrix, cleave,
     cleft, cliche, cliched, coachman, coachy, cocher, cochero, common,
     commonplace, cough, crena, crock, crowbait, curvet, cut, cut away,
     cut in two, cut off, damage, dapple, declasse, deface, depression,
     destroy, dichotomize, diligence, discoloration, dissever, dog, dot,
     double-decker, draft horse, dray horse, drayman, driver,
     driving horse, drudge, dull, earmark, elephant driver, engraving,
     excise, exhalation, exhale, exhaust, expel, expiration, expire,
     exsufflation, fag, fell, fill horse, filler, fissure, fleck, flick,
     freckle, frisk, galley slave, gallop, garron, gash, gasp,
     gharry-wallah, gigster, go on horseback, goat, graving,
     greasy grind, grind, grub, grubber, gulp, hackdriver, hackle,
     hackman, hackney, hackneyed, hacky, haggle, halve, harness racer,
     hew, hiccup, hired car, hireling, hit-and-run driver, huff,
     humdrum, hunter, incise, incision, inconsequential, indentation,
     inhalation, inhalator, inhale, inspiration, inspire, insufflation,
     iron lung, jade, jag, jigsaw, jitney, jitney driver, jog, joggle,
     jot, joyrider, jughead, jument, kerf, lacerate, lackey, lance,
     lead, leader, lentigo, literary hack, lope, low-grade, machine,
     macula, mahout, mail coach, mangle, mark, marking, mean, mediocre,
     menial, mercenary, mole, moth-eaten, motor coach, motorbus,
     motorist, mottle, mouldy, mount, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,
     mule skinner, muleteer, mutilate, nag, nevus, nick, nock, notch,
     old, old hat, omnibus, ordinary, outmoded, outworn, overdone,
     overworked, oxygen mask, oxygen tent, pace, pack horse, palfrey,
     pant, pare, party hack, patch, peanut politician, penny-a-liner,
     petty, piaffe, plodder, plow horse, plug, point, pole horse,
     political dabbler, politicaster, polka dot, polo pony, poor,
     post coach, post-horse, potboiler, prance, prick, prune, puff,
     puncture, reinsman, remount, rend, respiration, respire,
     ride bareback, ride hard, rider, riding horse, rive, road hog,
     road horse, roadster, roarer, rogue, rosinante, rouncy, routine,
     ruin, run-of-the-mill, saddle horse, saddler, saw, scalawag, scar,
     scarification, scissor, score, scotch, scratch, scratching,
     scribbler, scuba, second-class, second-rate, servant, sever,
     shaft horse, sigh, skinner, slash, slave, slavey, slice, slit,
     slogger, smash, sneeze, sniff, sniffle, snip, snore, snoring,
     snort, snuff, snuffle, speck, speckle, speeder, splash, split,
     splotch, spot, stage, stage coachman, stagecoach, stain, stale,
     stalking-horse, statemonger, stereotyped, sternutation, stertor,
     stiff, stigma, stock, strawberry mark, sumpter, sumpter horse,
     sunder, suspiration, swot, take horse, tattoo, tattoo mark, taxi,
     taxicab, taxidriver, teamster, tear, tedious, thill horse, thiller,
     tick, timeworn, tired, tittle, tittup, toiler, trite, trivial,
     trot, truck driver, trucker, truckman, unoriginal, usual,
     vetturino, voiturier, wagoner, wagonman, watermark, well-worn,
     wheeler, wheelhorse, wheeze, whip, whistler, whittle, wind,
     workhorse
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hack
  
  
      [very common]
  
      1. n. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well.
  
      2. n. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work
      that produces exactly what is needed.
  
      3. vt. To bear emotionally or physically. ?I can't hack this heat!?
  
      4. vt. To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate sense: ?
      What are you doing?? ?I'm hacking TECO.? In a general (time-extended)
      sense: ?What do you do around here?? ?I hack TECO.? More generally, ?I hack
      foo? is roughly equivalent to ?foo is my major interest (or project)?. ?I
      hack solid-state physics.? See Hacking X for Y.
  
      5. vt. To pull a prank on. See sense 2 and hacker (sense 5).
  
      6. vi. To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than
      goal-directed way. ?Whatcha up to?? ?Oh, just hacking.?
  
      7. n. Short for hacker.
  
      8. See nethack.
  
      9. [MIT] v. To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam tunnels of a
      large, institutional building, to the dismay of Physical Plant workers and
      (since this is usually performed at educational institutions) the Campus
      Police. This activity has been found to be eerily similar to playing
      adventure games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Zork. See also vadding
      .
  
      Constructions on this term abound. They include happy hacking (a farewell),
      how's hacking? (a friendly greeting among hackers) and hack, hack (a fairly
      content-free but friendly comment, often used as a temporary farewell). For
      more on this totipotent term see The Meaning of Hack. See also neat hack,
      real hack.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  hack
  
      1. Originally, a quick job that produces what is
     needed, but not well.
  
     2.  An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece
     of work that produces exactly what is needed.
  
     3. To bear emotionally or physically.  "I can't hack this
     heat!"
  
     4. To work on something (typically a program).  In an
     immediate sense: "What are you doing?"  "I'm hacking TECO."
     In a general (time-extended) sense: "What do you do around
     here?"  "I hack TECO."  More generally, "I hack "foo"" is
     roughly equivalent to ""foo" is my major interest (or
     project)".  "I hack solid-state physics."  See Hacking X for
     Y.
  
     5. To pull a prank on.  See hacker.
  
     6. To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory
     rather than goal-directed way.  "Whatcha up to?"  "Oh, just
     hacking."
  
     7.  Short for hacker.
  
     8. See nethack.
  
     9. (MIT) To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam
     tunnels of a large, institutional building, to the dismay of
     Physical Plant workers and (since this is usually performed at
     educational institutions) the Campus Police.  This activity
     has been found to be eerily similar to playing adventure games
     such as Dungeons and Dragons and Zork.  See also
     vadding.
  
     See also neat hack, real hack.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-08-26)
  

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