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English noun: hack

1. hack (person) one who works hard at boring tasks

Synonymsdrudge, hacker

Broader (hypernym)unskilled person

Narrower (hyponym)plodder, slogger

2. hack (person) a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

Synonymsmachine politician, political hack, ward-heeler

Broader (hypernym)pol, political leader, politician, politico

3. hack (person) a mediocre and disdained writer

Synonymshack writer, literary hack

Broader (hypernym)author, writer

Member meronymGrub Street

4. hack (artifact) a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil

Broader (hypernym)tool

5. hack (artifact) a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

Synonymscab, taxi, taxicab

Broader (hypernym)auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

Narrower (hyponym)gypsy cab, minicab

Member meronymfleet

6. hack (animal) an old or over-worked horse

Synonymsjade, nag, plug

Broader (hypernym)Equus caballus, horse

7. hack (animal) a horse kept for hire

Broader (hypernym)Equus caballus, horse

8. hack (animal) a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

Broader (hypernym)mount, riding horse, saddle horse

English verb: hack

1. hack (contact) cut with a hacking tool

ExamplesThe chefs hack the vegetables


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

Narrower (hyponym)ax, axe

2. hack (social) be able to manage or manage successfully

SamplesI can't hack it anymore.
She could not cut the long days in the office.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage

3. hack (contact) cut away

SamplesHe hacked his way through the forest.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

4. hack (competition) kick on the arms

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)foul

Domain categorybasketball, basketball game, hoops

5. hack (competition) kick on the shins

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)foul

Domain categoryrugby, rugby football, rugger

6. hack (change) fix a computer program piecemeal until it works

SamplesI'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best.

Synonymshack on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)program, programme

7. hack (change) significantly cut up a manuscript

ExamplesThey won't hack the story

Synonymscut up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)edit, redact

8. hack (body) cough spasmodically

SamplesThe patient with emphysema is hacking all day.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)cough

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