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1. To cut something off of or away from something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "out." Can you hack out the burnt pieces of the roast?
2. To create something by chopping or cutting away at something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "out." I'm impressed with how our neighbors hacked a shape out of a tree stump on their front lawn.
3. slang To make, create, or produce something quickly and perfunctorily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "out." How many of these stupid articles do I have to hack out before someone at the magazine takes my work seriously?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
hack something out of somethingand hack something out
1. to cut or chop something out of something. Jill hacked the bone out of the roast. She hacked out the big bone.
2. to fashion something by carving or chiseling from something. He hacked a rabbit out of the chunk of wood. In no time, the carver had hacked out a rabbit.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To remove something by chopping or cutting; excise something: The butcher hacked the bone out from the meat. We hacked out the broken shingles from the roof.
2. To fashion something by chopping, cutting, or chiseling: The artist hacked out a statue from a chunk of clay. Let's hack a sculpture out of the ice.
3. Slang To produce something hastily or routinely, such as written material: The reporter hacked out a weekly column. The author hacked three romance novels out every year.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.