• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hacking the operation of picking a worn grindstone, &c., with a hack-hammer
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
  • Bruce Lee
    “It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”


Can't hack it - Unable to perform an act, duty, job etc. (example: I have to quit my job as a computer technician; I just can't hack it.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. haccian, in composition tó-haccian; cf. Dut. hakken, Ger. hacken.


In literature:

He was sitting in a small hack parlor in Mr. Burton's house, and on the table of the room there was burning a single candle.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Miriam told me to hurry; that it was a matter of life or death, and she gave me money to pay for the hack.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
But there were others outside, who hacked and slashed them as they passed.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
An empty hack was standing at the corner of the square, a few hundred feet from the house.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Did you do your business in a hack?
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Pete pushed hack his hat.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Hack-horse riders are seldom great horsemen.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
And with that I dodges hack where they're standin' glarin' at each other.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
We'd only got into the corridor when Old Hickory calls me hack, wavin' a twenty.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
In the closing years of the last century I held the position of a publisher's hack.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross

In poetry:

Half down, half up, which of the two
In kindnesses surpass;
You hack the Presbyterians through,
He offers them a glass.
"To The Corpulent Counsellor W--" by William Hutton
Hard by at the station the training commences,
In circles they're schooling the hacks for the shows;
The high-mettled hunters are sent at the fences,
And satins and dapples the brushes disclose.
"Ownerless" by John Shaw Neilson
And what the scorching sun could throw—
And what the winter's pelting snow
Could give him, he has stood.
There is one earthly torment lacking—
One other process — that of hacking: —
He has not been reviewed.
"For The Carrier Of The Mirror. 1826" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Death said, I gather, and pursued his way.
Another stood by me, a shape in stone,
Sword-hacked and iron-stained, with breasts of clay,
And metal veins that sometimes fiery shone:
O Life, how naked and how hard when known!
"A Ballad Of Past Meridian" by George Meredith
O, hits time fur de cuttin' ur de co'n,
Dars w'ite fros' in de still night a'r — (Hack, hack, de co'n knives say,)
Come urlong, Sam, le's grin' ur pa'r — (Hack, hack, de co'n knives say,)
O, hits time fur de cuttin' ur de co'n.
"Song Of The Corn" by James Edwin Campbell
But never did Henry, as he thought he did,
end anyone and hacks her body up
and hide the pieces, where they may be found.
He knows: he went over everyone, & nobody's missing.
Often he reckons, in the dawn, them up.
Nobody is ever missing.
"Dream Song 29: There sat down, once, a thing" by John Berryman

In news:

Photo courtesy of Decor Hacks.
Turn your mason jar into a pretty pumpkin via this tutorial and picture from Decor Hacks.
MIT student break-in: A harmless "hack," or a serious crime.
New MCG , iPads and tax hack.
Dustin Graham, 25, was arrested on suspicion of hacking into email accounts and secretly videotaping women and girls.
Hack Stormy Skies to Lord over Lightning.
MyWi, an app available for hacked (i.e.
Did similar headphone hacking up in the 1980's while in the Army.
This six-button gaming mouse is aimed at action-RPG, hack-and-slash, and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) enthusiasts.
Nathaniel Hawthorne , Party Hack.
Anonymous, joining Wikileaks, hacks into the big time.
Auernheimer Conviction Could Open Door to Government Overreach in Hacking Cases.
London Police Commissioner Resigns Over Phone Hacking Scandal.
Barack Obama, Political Hack .
If You Don't Want Video Of Hacking High-School Basketball Players to Go Viral, Don't Post It.

In science:

With the launch of the Infrared Astronomical Satel lite (IRAS) in January 1983, a number of studies of faint sources provided the first evidence for evolution in the infrared galaxy population (Hacking, Condon & Houck 1987; Lonsdale et al. 1990).
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
Since the most important quantities are finite anyway, we refrain from such a data-dependent non-Bayesian hack.
Exact Non-Parametric Bayesian Inference on Infinite Trees
Hacking, “Slightly More Realistic Personal Probability,” Phil.
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
Hacking commercial quantum cryptography systems by tailored bright illumination.
Encryption with Weakly Random Keys Using Quantum Ciphertext
Lo, Quantum hacking: Experimental demonstration of time-shift attack against practical quantum-key-distribution systems Phys.
Security of practical private randomness generation