can't hack it

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.
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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.
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can't hack it

INFORMAL
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.
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It's long past time Scotland set up an elite paramilitary law enforcement agency as the police simply can't hack it any more.
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So, the ultimate lesson of the Cartersville case is likely this: Erin Brockovich simply can't hack it anymore.
"We were given so much food but I couldn't stick the sushi, can't hack it, wouldn't touch it.
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In the long term, Canadian industry will have to become competitive and if they can't hack it for the world market, they'll close down.
I've talked with people who work in the ghetto, and they say a third of the people just can't hack it. That seems high to me.
But poor Keira can't hack it. At the King Arthur premiere last week, she wore a pounds 250,000 diamond necklace by Asprey and said: 'It's making me nervous.
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