hack at

hack at (something)

To cut away at something and remove pieces of it, often with clumsy strokes or whacks. Quit hacking at the roast and just let Dad cut it, will you?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hack (away) at someone or something

to chop at someone or something continuously. The brutal murderer hacked away at his victim. The woodchopper hacked at the tree and finally got it down.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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With this pattern in mind, it's possible the group may not release its Switch hack at all if it's believed to be too damaging to Nintendo.
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