hack around

hack a·round
H h


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hak uh-round]
    • /hæk əˈraʊnd/
    • /hæk əˈraʊnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hak uh-round]
    • /hæk əˈraʊnd/

Definitions of hack around words

  • verb with object hack around to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever (something) with or as with heavy, irregular blows (often followed by up or down): to hack meat; to hack down trees. 1
  • verb with object hack around to break up the surface of (the ground). 1
  • verb with object hack around to clear (a road, path, etc.) by cutting away vines, trees, brush, or the like: They hacked a trail through the jungle. 1
  • verb with object hack around to damage or injure by crude, harsh, or insensitive treatment; mutilate; mangle: The editor hacked the story to bits. 1
  • verb with object hack around to reduce or cut ruthlessly; trim: The Senate hacked the budget severely before returning it to the House. 1
  • verb with object hack around Slang. to deal or cope with; handle: He can't hack all this commuting. 1

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Origin of hack around

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English hacken; compare Old English tōhaccian to hack to pieces; cognate with Dutch hakken, German hacken

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Parts of speech for Hack around


hack around popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

hack around usage trend in Literature

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