- Short and interrupted, broken, jerky; hacky.
- A hacking cough. A hacking laugh. A hacking breath. A hacking cry.
- A more hacking and harrowing cough I have never heard.
- Anise will diminish the most hacking cough to where it is no longer irritating.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XX:
- “So now everything's fine.” I uttered a hacking laugh. “No,” I said, in answer to a query from Aunt Dahlia. “I have not accidentally swallowed my tonsils, I was merely laughing hackingly. Ironical that the young blister should say that everything is fine, for at this very moment disaster stares us in the eyeball.”
Most non-creative collocations are the phrases given as examples.
- (computing) Playful solving of technical work that requires deep understanding, especially of a computer system.
- From hacker: "A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular." — RFC 1392
- (computing) Unauthorized attempts to bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network. See also cracker.
- (pathology) A dry coughing; the emission of a succession of short coughs.
- (sports, chiefly American football, soccer, rugby) A kick in the shins.
- (massage) The act of striking the muscles with the side of the hand.
- (Britain, countable) A riding or journey on horseback. (Plural hackings.)
- (obsolete) The operation of working over the faces of rough or worn grindstones with a hack-hammer.
- (obsolete, masonry) The separation of a course of stones into two smaller courses, when there are not enough large stones to form a single course.
- (obsolete, gem-cutting) The cuts and grooves made in the metal laps by holding the cutting edge of a steel blade against them while in motion, for the purpose of providing receptacles or pockets for the powders using in cutting and polishing gems.
- (obsolete, brick-making) The piling of bricks for drying.
- hacking in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911 (Vol. IV, p. 2675–2676; supplement Vol. XI, p. 559)
- “hacking” in Harrap's Shorter, 2006, p. 416
- “hacking” in Concise English Dictionary, Wordsworth, 2007, p. 405
- “hacking” at Wordnik