slang To complete or tolerate a task or situation. Usually used in the negative. 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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hack itmanage; cope (usually used in the negative). informal
2001 Irish Examiner Bank robber John Carr said he couldn't hack it on the outside. The freedom was doing his head in and he wanted to go back to the surrounds of his cell.
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tv. to stand up to something; to endure something. I’m afraid you can’t hack it. It just isn’t working out.
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hack it, to
To accomplish, to cope, to manage well. This slangy usage dates from the mid-1900s and often is put negatively. Thus, “Another celebration for his promotion? I just can’t hack it.” Also, “Head the group? I’m not too old to hack it.”
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