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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So, the ultimate lesson of the Cartersville case is likely this: Erin Brockovich simply can't hack it anymore.
Are Pentagon officials really saying that gays can't hack it in the military?
I've talked with people who work in the ghetto, and they say a third of the people just can't hack it.
He wants to commit himself to that and she can't hack it.
Women still tend to be overrepresented at all levels of part-time employment, Yates said, but the stereotype of the part-timer as someone who either can't hack it or can't find a place in the full-time world is outdated.
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