hack around

hack around

slang To behave foolishly or idly waste time. The employees were hacking around the office until the boss showed up. Quit hacking around and pay attention in class!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hack around

Inf. to waste time. I'm just hacking around and doing nothing. Stop hacking around and get to work.
See also: around, hack
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hack around

in. to waste time. I wanted to hack around for a year after college, but my finances disagreed.
See also: around, hack
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Australian mum-of-two from New South Wales, named only as Chelsea, admitted to using the money-saving hack around 15 times over the past nine years.
The suspect reportedly admitted to attempting to hack around 350 online accounts, ultimately accessing 50 of them.
"He needs another race before we start thinking of anything fancy - he's just had a hack around there.
His routine will be very similar to last year and his weekly schedule will consist of; Monday - two canters, Tuesday - routine work day, Wednesday - hack around the village, Thursday - school over fences, Friday - two canters, Saturday - routine work day.
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He told his blog: "I think that before George's little hack around Exeter I would've been quite happy to miss Cheltenham and head to Aintree.
He told his blog: ''I think that before George's little hack around Exeter I would've been quite happy to miss Cheltenham and head to Aintree.
The riders then chose one of two planned routes to join for a fun-filled spooky hack around the country lanes.
"She did wear a hat for events but not just for a hack around the block," he said.
We went for a one-hour hack around the gently undulating countryside (pounds 32 per hour), one of the best ways to appreciate its beauty.
As you hack around on your way to a double-bogey, console yourself by remembering that this hole is a great place to observe deer.
Champion Hurdle hopeful Harchibald, centre, and two other horses from Noel Meade's stables take an early morning hack around the gallops at Cheltenham PICTURE: Getty Images