1. a blow, usu. with some form of stick.
|Sprigs of Laurel 14: He gave her a smack. / He gave me a whack.|
|Hamlet Travestie II iii: He’ll soon be here: — then let him have his whack: Tell him he’ll bring a house upon his back.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 192: Whack [...] also an Irish exclamation, meaning something like a smack ― of the hand.|
|Bk of Sports 263: [note] Now this brought on a general fight, Lord, what a gallows row — / With whacks and thumps throughout the night.|
|Sixteen-String Jack 139: I pardons the whack on account of the wisdom that moved the whacker.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 115: Whack, or whacking a blow, or a thrashing.|
|Artemus Ward in London in Complete Works (1922) 439: ‘I’ll fondle him with a club,’ I anserd, hitting him another whack.|
|Bushrangers 401: I’d give yer a whack in the face if yer offered to take any advantage of me out here.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 147: Every whack brought blood and a heavy fall.|
|Dagonet Ditties 93: Whack came a couple of stingers — / Two beauties — and right on my lug.‘Pickpocket Poems’,|
|Punch 28 Feb. 157/3: To deal another whack on the head to a floundering Opposition.|
|Mr Dooley Says 176: WE give him th’ same threaty rights he’d give us, a dhrink an’ a whack on th’ head.|
|London Street Games 42: Each one has to have a wack with the tolly wack (a handkerchief with a knot in it).|
|Black Gang 359: I got a whack on the back of the head from something.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 156: She gives him a resounding slap in the face, such a whack as would knock a proofreader spinning.|
|‘On Broadway’ 12 Mar. [synd. col.] A. Woollcott spent lots of time getting under the skin of actors, but once in a while he took a whack at himself.|
|Boy’s Book of Cricket 67: ‘It was a lovely whack,’ he declared.|
|Alcoholics (1993) 76: Doc’s hand came down on his back with a resounding whack.|
|Crust on its Uppers 58: She’d get bird in [...] to take the whacks for a tenner.|
|Shaft 72: He considered giving the door a solid whack.|
|Beano 3 Apr. 20: Give him a hard whack with my feather duster.|
|It Was An Accident 73: There was a whack like terrible down the bottom of my back from behind.|
|Stump 96: Someone’s gunner pay [...] Some fucker’s gorrer take the whack.|
|Life 62: He did something and I just gave ghim a whack.|
2. a second-rate or inexperienced coachman [his reliance on the whip].
|Morn. Call (S.F.) 23 May 11/1: Slang rom London Streets [...] An inexperienced Jehu may be either a ‘gardener’ or a ‘whack’.|
3. (US Und.) a prison sentence.
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 297: You could get used to anything, even being without women and doing a long whack in solitary.|
4. (Scot./Aus.) a punishment, one’s deserts.
|Neddy (1998) 117: My half-brother Edwin, who had pleaded guilty to heroin charges, was sentenced to 10 years for his trouble. Right whack for him.|
|How to Shoot Friends 95: Just ask Kevin Taylor. Oh, I forgot, you can’t. He got his right whack in Pentridge.|
5. (drugs) the act of diluting bulk drugs, e.g. heroin, for retail sale.
|Goodfellas [film script] 105: I had to get to Robin’s house to give the package a whack with some quinine.|
6. skill, ability.
|Killer Tune (2008) 24: Now everyone wanted a slice of his lyrical whack.|
|Dict. Drug Abuse Terms.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Black whack — PCP.|
(Scot./Aus.) to get one’s deserts.
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 117: Youse are goaney cop yir whack.|
|Chopper From The Inside 134: [photo caption] Shaking hands with Slim Minogue on the spot where Alex copped his whack.|
to collapse, to break down (lit. and fig.).
|DN III:viii 577: go to whack, v. To fall into bad condition. ‘He has been in bad company so long that he has all gone to whack.’.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Nov. 16/1: There’s nothing to pay – well, not for many a day! / Things may go crack, go to whack – / What’s it matter, Happy Jack / Has got back.|
lit. or fig. off-centre, out of true, out of order, feeling unwell.
|Gawktown Revival Club 18: ‘Call my voice bunged up?’ he croaked [...] ‘Yours is teetotally out of whack.’.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 146: At last he utterly gets his thinker out of whack and goes back to the villa.|
|God’s Man 146: The pump was out of whack.|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 184: The Whistler [...] had boats and booze and waiting customers, but his landing arrangements were out of whack.‘Dead Yellow Women’|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 88: My blood pressure is all out of whack.‘Blood Pressure’ in|
|in By Himself (1974) 385: They get it all out of whack and like Humpty Dumpty when he falls off the wall, it’s pretty tough to get him back together again.|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 175: My radio’s out of whack.|
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 45: Your sleep is being knocked out of whack by mysterious phone calls.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 176: The superheterodyne had been out of whack since November 1938.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 108: The phone’s outta whack, so don’t call me later because it don’t ring this end.|
|Life Its Ownself (1985) 255: The best football player in America is sittin’ down there [...] with his head out of whack.|
|Candy 136: My body’s all fucked up and out of whack because of this fucking drug.|
|Fever Kill 125: He [...] didn’t know if her brood helped put things into perspective or just knocked them farther out of whack.|
(US und.) to pressurize.
|S.F. Examiner (CA) 27 June 13/1: Put the Whacks On — Put on pressure.|