whack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whack hit hard "The teacher whacked the boy"
    • n whack the act of hitting vigorously "he gave the table a whack"
    • n whack the sound made by a sharp swift blow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whack A portion; share; allowance.
    • Whack A smart resounding blow.
    • Whack an attempt; as, to take a whack at it.
    • Whack To divide into shares; as, to whack the spoils of a robbery; -- often with up.
    • v. i Whack To strike anything with a smart blow.
    • Whack To strike; to beat; to give a heavy or resounding blow to; to thrash; to make with whacks. "Rodsmen were whacking their way through willow brakes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whack Fettle; condition.
    • whack To give a heavy or resounding blow to; thwack.
    • whack To divide into shares; apportion; parcel out.
    • whack To strike, or continue striking, anything with smart blows.
    • whack To make a division or settlement; square accounts; pay: often in the phrase to whack up.
    • n whack A heavy blow; a thwack.
    • n whack A stroke; a trial or attempt: as, to take a whack at a job.
    • n whack A piece; a share; a portion.
    • n whack Appetite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Whack hwak to thwack:
    • v.i Whack to keep on striking:
    • n Whack a blow: a stroke, share
    • v.t Whack hwak (slang) to parcel out, share
    • v.i Whack (slang) to settle accounts
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Quotations

  • Dolly Parton
    Dolly Parton
    “I do have big tits. Always had 'em -- pushed 'em up, whacked 'em around. Why not make fun of 'em? I've made a fortune with 'em.”
  • Alan Dixon
    Alan Dixon
    “Politic is going to be diluted down into a ten second window, where you whack the guy as hard as you can and then get out there.”

Idioms

Out of Whack - If something is out of whack, it is not working correctly or not in the correct order.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Thwack

Usage

In literature:

I whacked it fore and aft!
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
But, unfortunately for Buster, he whacked the bee so hard that he must have hurt it.
"Bumper, The White Rabbit" by George Ethelbert Walsh
You will whack off my lovely new fins!
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
All I ask of the Lord is to give me one whack at those little, hump-backed, bow-legged shoemakers from Boston!
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
But what has that got to do with the instruments going out of whack?
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
Then down she stooped, and with three great whacks with her bonnet she finished the battle.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
Luckily, thanks to the Train Comforts Fund's last whack, I had some.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
You fellows have the first whack at it.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
It was out of whack, and we were obliged to get another to come back to Brussels.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
I felt a stinging whack between my shoulders.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
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In poetry:

Whack fal de da, fal de darelido,
Whack fal de da, fal de darelay,
Whack fal de da, fal de darelido,
Whack fal de da, fal de darelay.
"The Rattling Boy from Dublin" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Then hewed and whacked and whittled I;
The wife, the girls and Kris took fire;
They spun, sewed, cut, — till by and by
We made, at home, my pack entire!"
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
'Ere's the axe - that's the genuine axe, Sir,
That's given Royal necks some 'ard whacks.
Tho' it's 'ad a new 'andle and perhaps a new head
But it's a real old original axe.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
So, with my darling shillelah, I gave him a whack,
Which left him lying on his back,
Saying, botheration to you and Biddy Brown,—
For I'm the rattling boy from Dublin town.
"The Rattling Boy from Dublin" by William Topaz McGonagall
The little boy struggled and tugged at his hair,
But the lion was roused, and Old PAUL didn't care;
He smacked him, and whacked him, and boxed him, and kicked
Till the poor little beggar was royally licked.
"Old Paul and Old Tim" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Our eunuch dreams, all seedless in the light,
Of light and love the tempers of the heart,
Whack their boys' limbs,
And, winding-footed in their shawl and sheet,
Groom the dark brides, the widows of the night
Fold in their arms.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Isn't it sad that just when the flowers start looking smart and full, they get whacked with frost.
"Vesta got whacked twice with large impacts," said Christopher Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles, who heads a team of scientists exploring the asteroid.
Energizer Holdings is whacked for falsely claiming that its Playtex unit's "Diaper Genie Elite" was sweeter-smelling.
David Chase looks like he wants to whack somebody.
Suffolk Conservative Chair Takes Whack At Chris Cox In NY-1.
MSM keeps launching 3-pointers, winning Whack helps shoot Mountaineers past Navy to third straight victory Originally published December 08, 2012.
Rhode Island politicians are reviewing their campaign plans and asking supporters to take down signs as a storm threatens to whack the East Coast.
So now, will the global warming whack jobs sit down and shut up.
It was the whack heard around the world.
Whack scores 20, Mount St Mary's rallies in 2nd half to overcome Hartford 70-63.
Rashad Whack scored 20 points and Mount St Mary's overcame a slight halftime deficit to beat Hartford 70-63 Tuesday night in non-conference action.
Dean whacks Warriors in Oxford's lopsided victory.
They see Rush as you do, a side-show carnival where they can get free press with the right wing whack-os that listen to him.
Let's play voter fraud whack-a- mole .
Craig Ferguson Says Conan Was Whacked.
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