1. one who works hard at boring tasks
  2. a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
  3. a mediocre and disdained writer
  4. a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
  5. a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
  6. an old or over-worked horse
  7. a horse kept for hire
  8. a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.


  1. cut with a hacking tool
  2. be able to manage or manage successfully; “I can’t hack it anymore”; “she could not cut the long days in the office”
  3. cut away; “he hacked his way through the forest”
  4. kick on the arms
  5. kick on the shins
  6. fix a computer program piecemeal until it works; “I’m not very good at hacking but I’ll give it my best”
  7. significantly cut up a manuscript
  8. cough spasmodically; “The patient with emphysema is hacking all day”