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hack Tweet Definition of hack Like Definition of hack on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pick.
  2. A dry cough.
  3. (slang) A taxicab (hackney carriage) driver.
  4. (obsolete) An ordinary horse, especially an old, tired one.
  5. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for the use in hackeysack.
  6. (pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  7. (pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  8. (pejorative) An untalented writer.
Dason is nothing but a two-bit .
  1. (slang) A person incapable of completing a simple task. This person could be also referred to as someone who "sucks at life" (slightly derogatory)
  2. (computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  3. (context, computing, slang) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network. (Actually called a "crack" in computer parlance).
  4. (computing) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
  5. (computing) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  6. (slang) Time check (military usage).
  7. (curling) The foothold device from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  8. (rfv-sense) (slang) A prison guard.
  9. (politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory) <!-- This expression was used a lot in student politics in the 1980s. I'm not sure if it is still used much. publunch
  1. To cough noisily.
This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.
  1. To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
  1. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
Can you it out here with no electricity or running water?
  1. To play hackeysack.
  2. To accomplish a difficult programming task.
He can like no one else and make the program work as expected.
  1. To work with on an intimately technical level.
I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
  1. To make a quick code change to patch a computer program.
I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later..
  1. (sport) To be effective at a certain position or role within a sports game without being particularly graceful or with class.
Their Defender is such a 'hack', but he gets the job done
  1. (slang) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (e.g. website) or network by manipulating code; a "crack" in computer parlance.
  1. (literary) Having or requiring little talent.
He's nothing but the typical writer.
I got by on work for years before I finally published my novel.
hackamore Tweet Definition of hackamore Like Definition of hackamore on Facebook
  1. a kind of bridle with no bit
  • 1992: Before they could agree or disagree he"d hauled the horse around by the and was pounding off up the track. " Cormac McCarthy?, All The Pretty Horses
haired Tweet Definition of haired Like Definition of haired on Facebook
  1. (in combination) Having some specific type of hair
    • She was a raven- beauty
Hall Tweet Definition of Hall Like Definition of Hall on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A British and Scandinavian topographic surname for someone who lived in or near a hall.
  2. A surname of German origin for someone associated with a salt mine.
handily Tweet Definition of handily Like Definition of handily on Facebook
  1. In a handy manner; skillfully; conveniently(chiefly U.S. usage)
hap Tweet Definition of hap Like Definition of hap on Facebook
  1. an occurence or happening, especially an unexpected, random or chance event
  2. quilt or a comforter
verb to hap
  1. to happen; to befall; to chance
  2. to cover with a comforter or quilt
  3. the luck of one
hardness Tweet Definition of hardness Like Definition of hardness on Facebook
  1. The quality of being hard.
  2. An instance of this quality; hardship.
Harp Tweet Definition of Harp Like Definition of Harp on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
harslet Tweet Definition of harslet Like Definition of harslet on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, haslet)
haslet Tweet Definition of haslet Like Definition of haslet on Facebook
  1. the internal organs of an animal, especially the heart and liver of a pig
  2. a meatloaf made of that (and seasoning)
haunt Tweet Definition of haunt Like Definition of haunt on Facebook
  1. A place one is regularly found at; a hangout.
  2. (colloquial) A ghost.
  1. To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
  2. To make uneasy.
The memory of his past failures haunted him.
  1. To stalk, to follow
The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
hayrick Tweet Definition of hayrick Like Definition of hayrick on Facebook
  1. a haystack
heir Tweet Definition of heir Like Definition of heir on Facebook
noun (plural heirs)
  1. Someone who inherits, or is designated to inherit, the property of another.
  2. One who inherits, or has been designated to inherit, a hereditary title or office.
hey Tweet Definition of hey Like Definition of hey on Facebook
  1. (context, country dancing) A figure in which the dancers weave between one another.
hinder Tweet Definition of hinder Like Definition of hinder on Facebook
  1. (context, slang, euphemism) The buttocks.
    • 1997 - Richard Laliberte and Stephen C. George, The Men's Health Guide to Peak Conditioning</sup>, ISBN 0875963234, page 195:
    • : Like martial arts, in-line skating is predicated on the notion that sooner or later you're going to end up on your .
  1. (transitive) To keep back; to delay or impede.
    • 1591 - w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Two Gentlemen of Verona act ii, scene 7 (First Folio ed.)
    • :Then let me goe, and not my courÅ¿e
      1. (transitive) To make difficult to accomplish; to frustrate, act as obstacle.
    • 1599 - w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Life of Henry the Fifth, Henry V act ii, scene 2 (act i; First Folio ed.)
    • :Since God Å¿o graciouÅ¿ly hath brought to light<br/>This dangerous TreaÅ¿on, lurking in our way,<br/>To our beginnings.
      1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To cause harm.
  1. Of or belonging to that part or end which is in the rear or hind, or which follows.
the end of a wagon
the parts of a horse
    • 1990 - C. W. H. Havard (ed.), Black's Medical Dictionary, 36th edition, p 673
    • :On a line dividing the front two-thirds from the one-third, and set in the shape of a V, is a row of seven to twelve large flat-topped circumvallate papillae, ...
      1. (comparative of, hind)
hoagy Tweet Definition of hoagy Like Definition of hoagy on Facebook
  1. Pennsylvania: A sandwich made on a long bun; submarine sandwich.
hoecake Tweet Definition of hoecake Like Definition of hoecake on Facebook
  1. (dated, Southern, _, US) A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made of water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a hoe, now it is fried in cooking oil in a skillet.
holler Tweet Definition of holler Like Definition of holler on Facebook
  1. A yell, shout.
    I heard a from over the fence.
  2. By extension, any communication to get somebody's attention.
    If you need anything, just give me a .
  3. A rural road in the appalachians in the U.S.A.
  4. In South Midland and Southern (dialects of American English), a hollow.
  1. To yell or shout.
    You can at your computer as much as you want, but it won't help anything.
hone Tweet Definition of hone Like Definition of hone on Facebook
  1. An extra-fine-grit sharpening stone, esp one used for razors.
verb (hones, honing, honed)
  1. To sharpen on, or with, a stone of fine grit.
  2. To refine or master (a skill)
hound dog Tweet Definition of hound dog Like Definition of hound dog on Facebook
  1. (Southern U.S. dialectal) any hound, especially the bloodhound.
    • 1953/6: w:Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, w:Hound Dog (song), You Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog (song made famous by w:Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley with these revised words in 1956) - You ain"t nothin" but a hound dog, Cryin" all the time. Well, you ain"t never caught a rabbit And you ain"t no friend of mine.
Hull Tweet Definition of Hull Like Definition of Hull on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of various cities in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States (see the Wikipedia article).

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