whack


whack
   to kill
   The common hitting imagery:
    Joe, you know when Geoff got whacked, don't you? (Sanders, 1977 — Joe was hit not by a cane but by the train under which he was pushed in Union Square station)

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  • whack — [hwak, wak] vt., vi. [echoic] 1. to strike or slap with a sharp, resounding blow ☆ 2. Slang to murder (a person), often, specif., for pay n. 1. a sharp, resounding blow 2. the sound of this at a whack or at one whack Informal at one …   English World dictionary

  • whack — informal ► VERB 1) strike forcefully with a sharp blow. 2) defeat heavily. 3) place or insert roughly or carelessly. 4) N. Amer. murder. ► NOUN 1) a sharp or resounding blow. 2) a try or attempt …   English terms dictionary

  • Whack — Whack, n. 1. A smart resounding blow. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. A portion; share; allowance. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. an attempt; as, to take a whack at it. [Colloq.] [PJC] {Out of whack}, out of order. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whack — Whack, v. i. To strike anything with a smart blow. [1913 Webster] {To whack away}, to continue striking heavy blows; as, to whack away at a log. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whack — Whack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whacking}.] [Cf. {Thwack}.] 1. To strike; to beat; to give a heavy or resounding blow to; to thrash; to make with whacks. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Rodsmen were whackingtheir way through… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whack-O! — was a British sitcom TV series starring Jimmy Edwards.The series (in black and white) ran on the BBC from 1956 to 1960. Edwards took the part of Professor James Edwards M.A., the drunken, gambling, devious, cane swishing headmaster who tyrannised …   Wikipedia

  • whack|y — «HWAK ee», adjective, whack|i|er, whack|i|est. = wacky. (Cf. ↑wacky) …   Useful english dictionary

  • whack — (v.) to strike sharply, 1719, probably of imitative origin. The noun is from 1737. The word in out of whack (1885) is perhaps the slang meaning share, just portion (1785), which may be from the notion of the blow that divides, or the rap of the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • whack — [n1/v] hit bang, bash, bat, beat, belt, biff, box, buffet, clobber, clout, crack, cuff, ding*, lambaste*, nail, rap, slap, slug, smack, smash, sock, strike, thrash, thump, thwack*, wallop, wham*; concept 189 whack [n2] try, attempt bash, crack,… …   New thesaurus

  • whack — index lash (strike) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • whack — whack1 [wæk] v [T] informal [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from the sound of hitting] 1.) to hit someone or something hard whack sb/sth with sth ▪ He kept whacking the dog with a stick. 2.) BrE spoken to put something somewhere whack sth… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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