hack out


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hack out

1. To cut something off of or away from something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "out." Can you hack out the burnt pieces of the roast?
2. To create something by chopping or cutting away at something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "out." I'm impressed with how our neighbors hacked a shape out of a tree stump on their front lawn.
3. slang To make, create, or produce something quickly and perfunctorily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "out." How many of these stupid articles do I have to hack out before someone at the magazine takes my work seriously?
See also: hack, out

hack out

v.
1. To remove something by chopping or cutting; excise something: The butcher hacked the bone out from the meat. We hacked out the broken shingles from the roof.
2. To fashion something by chopping, cutting, or chiseling: The artist hacked out a statue from a chunk of clay. Let's hack a sculpture out of the ice.
3. Slang To produce something hastily or routinely, such as written material: The reporter hacked out a weekly column. The author hacked three romance novels out every year.
See also: hack, out