1. (US campus) to socialize, to waste time, to idle.
|Stag Party n.p.: It is said we are all good at ‘hacking,’ / Dancing, drinking, hugging, and smacking .|
|N.Y. Times 18 Aug. I 72: Much more time is spent hanging around or ‘hacking,’ as the young people call it [HDAS].|
2. (US) to neck, to kiss, to engage in sexual activity.
|‘Whitman College Sl.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 154/1: hacking. Necking, petting, spooning, courting, depending on how old you are.|
|Green Berets 132: The men loved Sergeant Hanh, who took them to the local whorehouse and let them take pictures of him hacking.|
1. (US campus) to socialize, to fool about.
|DN V 209: To hack around...to ramble around.|
|Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1959) 43: She was always hacking around and yocking up a storm.|
|N.Y. Times Mag. 4 Apr. 99: ‘Hacking around’ (which can be roughly translated as ‘fooling around’ or ‘doing nothing’) is a favorite teen-age pastime.|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 101: If you weren’t grounded, you could [...] hack, screw, mess around.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen 🌐 16 Aug. My dad came at 5:30 to pick me up and then I just hacked around with Jamie and Bob, Laura and Steve and Tracey until my parents told me to come in.|
2. (US) to joke, to tease.
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 65: ‘Oh for Christ sake [...] I was just hacking around.’ ‘Not on that [...] Ginny, Ginny’s sacred to me.’.|
3. (US, also hack off) to waste time.
|CUSS 132: Hack around [...] Hack off Waste time, not study.et al.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 30: I got to stop hacking around.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 98: I was afraid I’d screw everything up if I marched in and started hacking around with thing thing.|