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1. To send away; to force to retreat. Despite the connotation of "beat," this phrase is often used hyperbolically and does not have to reference violent action. Because their house is in such a great location, they have been beating off a lot of interested buyers. I somehow managed to beat off the intruder with a baseball bat. Your daughter is so pretty—it's only a matter of time until she's beating off the suitors!
2. vulgar slang To masturbate. Typically said of males. A: "Why is he all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, his crush walked in on him beating off. How horrifying is that?"
out of whack
1. Not or no longer working or functioning properly. I don't know what's wrong with it, but the computer is totally out of whack—I can't even get past the login screen. The mechanic thinks the carburetor might have been thrown out of whack in the collision.
2. In a disordered or chaotic state. My whole day has been thrown out of whack by this accident. Our production timeline is a little out of whack because of the server crash we've been dealing with.
3. Not or no longer feeling good or normal; depressed or melancholy. Sorry, I've been a bit out of whack lately. I think I just need a bit of time to myself. I think you've been cooped up inside for too long. It's important to get some sunshine and fresh air each day, or else you start feeling out of whack.
slang Really bad or undesirable. Man, that movie was wack! None of it made any sense! Yo, this is wack—let's get out of here!
slang A crazy, insane, or very eccentric person. Can be hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun. Some wack job on the street came over to us, spouting about the end of the world. Most of my family thinks I'm a wack job just because I live life my own way. How that wack-job senator got reelected is beyond me!
1. To strike one very forcefully. He whacked me on the head for speaking out of turn. Stop swinging that tree branch around. You're going to whack someone with it if you're not careful!
2. slang To murder or arrange the murder of one. Used especially in relation to organized crime. The guy is such a psycho. He'd whack you just for looking at him the wrong way! The mob whacks anyone who testifies against them in court.
See also: whack
1. To complete something very quickly and without much effort. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "off." It used to take me quite a while to write articles for this website, but I've gotten to the point where I can whack them off in under an hour. I just need to whack off a couple emails before I head home.
2. To cut something off or away, especially quickly, indelicately, or without finesse. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "off." I had been growing my hair out since I was in junior high school, and then one day I decided to whack it all off. The knight whacked off the peasant's arm for his insubordination. Will you go out back and whack those branches off the tree? They're obstructing our view of the sea.
3. vulgar slang To masturbate, especially a man.
4. vulgar slang To bring someone else to orgasm with one's hand or hands, especially a male. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "off."
1. slang To cause one to enter a state of extreme exhaustion, especially such that one cannot think or react properly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "out." The jetlag from these transatlantic flights always whacks me out really badly. You don't want to whack out your employees with such long work weeks, or their productivity will start to suffer.
2. slang To intoxicate one, especially to the point of incoherence, belligerence, or senselessness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "out." I'm usually able to keep it together when I smoke weed, but that stuff whacked me out last night! Tom was so whacked out at the party that he couldn't speak properly by the end of the night.
3. slang To murder or arrange the murder of one. Used especially in relation to organized crime. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "out." The guy is such a psycho. He'd whack someone out just for looking at him the wrong way! The mob whacks out anyone who testifies against them in court.
4. slang To produce, create, or assemble something very hurriedly, haphazardly, or lazily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "out." You could tell he had whacked the essay out at the very last minute. The software is in need of some major updates, but the company seems content to whack out a few measly performance patches throughout the year.
5. slang To present or bring forth something very suddenly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "out." He suddenly whacked out a voice recorder and revealed that he had been recording everything I said. She whacked a camera out and took pictures of everyone at the ceremony.
1. To strike someone or something repeatedly and very forcefully; to thrash someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "up." The poor animal spent most of its life in a cage getting whacked up by its owners, before we managed to rescue it. My mama used to whack me up when I misbehaved as a kid.
2. To control or dominate someone or some group very thoroughly or severely. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "up." They really whacked our team up during the first half of the game, but we managed to make one heck of a comeback in the second. The prosecutor whacked up the defendant during the cross-examination.
3. To post or present something that one has assembled, produced, or created, especially very suddenly, hurriedly, or haphazardly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whack" and "up." The company has whacked up yet another list of rules and regulations. You're never going to make it as a YouTuber if you're content to just whack a new video up every now and then.
1. In a state of physical or emotional exhaustion, especially such that one cannot think or react properly. I was so whacked after that 12-hour flight that I had trouble following along with what people were saying to me. We were all a little whacked by the time we got home from the marathon, so we just showered and went to bed early.
2. Intoxicated from drugs or alcohol, especially to the point of incoherence or belligerence. Tom was so whacked at the party that he couldn't speak properly by the end of the night. No thanks, I don't like how whacked I get when I smoke weed.
1. In a state of physical or emotional exhaustion, especially such that one cannot think or react properly. I was so whacked out after that 12-hour flight that I had trouble following along with what people were saying to me. We were all a little whacked out by the time we got home from the marathon, so we just showered and went to bed early.
2. Intoxicated from drugs or alcohol, especially to the point of incoherence or belligerence. Tom was so whacked out at the party that he couldn't speak properly by the end of the night. No thanks, I don't like how whacked out I get when I smoke weed.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
beat someone or something off
to drive someone or something away by beating. They beat the enemy off. The army beat off the savage attack, saving the town. I was able to beat off the intruder.
*out of wack (and out of whack)
1. crazy, silly, or irrational. (*Typically: be ~.) Why do you always act as if you're out of whack? I'm not out of wack. I'm eccentric.
2. Fig. out of adjustment; to be out of order. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I'm afraid that my watch is out of whack. The elevator is out of wack. We'll have to walk up.
whack someone or something up
Sl. to damage someone or something. Bob got mad at Greg and whacked him up. Clara whacked up her car yesterday.
whack something off
1. Sl. to complete something easily or quickly. If you want a pair of these, I can whack them off for you in a few minutes. The artisan whacked off a set of the earrings in a few minutes.
2. Sl. to cut or chop something off. A tree branch is rubbing against the house. I guess I'll go out and whack that branch off. Whack off that other branch while you are at it.
up Sl. to chop something up. In about an hour, he had whacked the tree up into small logs. Have you whacked up the chicken for frying yet?
Sl. intoxicated. Gee, is he ever whacked! Dave was so whacked out he couldn't stand up.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Repulse, drive away by blows, as in We tried to beat off the flying ants swarming about us. Originating in the mid-1600s in a military context, this term was being used for other activities by the mid-1700s.
out of whack
see under out of kilter.
1. Tired out, exhausted, as in They were whacked out after that long flight. [Slang; mid-1900s]
2. Crazy, especially under the influence of drugs. For example, She looked whacked out when the police picked her up. [Slang; mid-1900s]
1. Cut off, as in The cook whacked off the fish's head with one blow, or The barber whacked off more hair than I wanted him to. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
2. Masturbate, as in He went to his room and whacked off. [ Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
out of whackout of order; not working. North American & Australian
1998 Bookseller There's been a fair amount of jeering…at the Sunday Times for getting its figures so comprehensively out of whack, by a factor of about 100 if memory serves.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
out of ˈwhack(informal, especially American English)
1 not appropriate or correct, especially in relation to something else: The Olympics have made flights and accommodation here incredibly expensive. Prices are way out of whack with normal. ♢ If you ask me, his priorities are all out of whack. He should find a job first, then decide where to live.
2 (especially of a system or machine) not working as it should: Don’t bother trying to call me on my cellphone. It’s out of whack again.
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1. To drive someone or something away, especially by fighting or hitting: Two robbers attacked me on the subway, but I beat them off with my bag. After a long battle, the soldiers beat off the invaders.
2. To defeat someone or something in a competition: Our company intends to beat off our rivals for the contract. The visiting team was behind us for most of the game, but beat us off squarely in the end.
3. Vulgar Slang To masturbate. Used of males.
v. Vulgar Slang
To masturbate. Used of males.
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.
beat offand ball off and jack off and jag off and jerk off and pull oneself off and toss off and wack off and wank off and whack off and whank off and whip off
1. in. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) They say if you beat off too much, you’ll get pimples.
2. in. to waste time; to waste one’s efforts; to do something inefficiently. The whole lot of them were jacking off rather than sticking to business. Stop whanking off and get on with your work!
out of w(h)ack
mod. out of adjustment; inoperative. (see also out of kilter.) I think my left eye is out of wack a little. Maybe I need glasses.
out of wackverb
See out of whack
1. tv. to strike someone or something. Larry reached down and wacked the dog across the snout.
2. n. a blow or hit (at someone or something). She landed a nasty wack on his thigh.
3. n. a drink of liquor. Take a whack of this stuff.
4. Go to w(h)acked.
w(h)ack someone/something up
in. to damage someone or something. (see also whack something up.) Bob got mad at Greg and whacked him up.
wack someone/something upverb
w(h)ack someone (out)
tv. to kill somebody. (Underworld.) Willie made another try at whacking Albert out last evening.
wack someone outverb
w(h)ack something (out)
tv. to rob a place; to swindle a business establishment. (Underworld.) Did your guys wack the church collection box?
wack something outverb
1. mod. wild; silly. Bill was wacked as always and embarrassed us all.
2. Go to w(h)acked (out).
See also: wack
mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Dave was so whacked out he couldn’t stand up.
See also: wack
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
out of whackInformal
Improperly ordered or balanced; not functioning correctly.
3. Under the influence of a mind-altering drug.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.