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can't hack it

slang Cannot complete or tolerate a task or situation. All that job taught me is that I can't hack it as a salesman. I go to Florida every winter because I just can't hack it in the cold, and I'd rather not be miserable for months.
See also: hack

can't hack it

unable to do the job. I thought delivering papers would be an easy job, but I just can't hack it. If you can't hack it, let me know, and I'll help you out.
See also: hack

can't hack it

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If someone can't hack it in a particular situation or job, they do not have the skills or qualities necessary to cope with it. You have to be strong and confident and never give the slightest impression that you can't hack it. Note: Sometimes people say that someone can hack it, to mean that they can cope in a particular situation or job. Smith tried to convince them that he can hack it as a police chief.
See also: hack