1. (also hack off, hell-hack) to irritate, to annoy.
|DA].Uncle Remus and Friends 349: When you once git ’em hacked dey er hacked fer good; dey des give right up en roll der eyes [|
|Sat. Eve. Post 3 July 6: Gosh, it hacks me! [HDAS].|
|‘A Word-List From The Mountains Of Western North Carolina’ in DN IV vi 413: hack, v. To annoy; nettle. ‘That joke hacks Steve to this day.’.|
|22 Apr. diary in Aaron (1985) 201: This being looked upon by people as an invalid [...] has hacked me.|
|Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 43: You ain’t nothin’ and ain’t got nothin’ but whut God give uh billy-goat, and then round tryin’ tuh hell-hack folks! Tryin’ tuh kill somebody wid talk. [Ibid.] 66: Mama, yuh been hell-hackin’ me eve’y since us tole yuh us wuz gointer git married.|
|Down in the Holler 156: Hack and wad are transitive verbs that mean pretty much the same as bore.|
|Joint (1972) 173: What really hacked me was his bland assumption that I would be stupid enough to allow him to move all the Heat he had collected into my vicinity.letter 15 May in|
|Current Sl. V:4 12: Hack . . . off, v. To irritate or anger.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 289: It’s his attitude that hacks me off.|
|Twisted Mile 47: I’m more than certain that he’s hacked off at us.|
2. (US campus) to tease gently.
|DN III:i 82: hack, v. To embarrass. ‘He was hacked’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 14: Hack: To playfully tease.|
3. (orig. computing) to tinker with a computer system for pleasure and as a proof of one’s expertise.
|[||minute of Tech Model Railroad Club of M.I.T 5 Apr. cited on ADS-L 16 June 2005 [Internet] Mr. Eccles requests that anyone working or hacking on the electrical system turn the power off to avoid fuse blowing].|
|Partisan Rev. 42 241: The compulsive programmer spends all the time he can working on one of his big projects. ‘Working’ is not the word he uses; he calls what he does ‘hacking’ .|
|Computer Dict. 68: This week I’m hacking the terminal driver [HDAS].|
4. (orig. computing) to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (and poss. use that access for illegal activities).
|N.Y. Times 28 Aug. IV 20: Hackers...wouldn’t...think of calling up on the telephone and saying, ‘Hi, I’m a bright young guy and I’d like to hack your computer’ .|
|L.A. Times Mag. 12 Sept. 24: He hacked Pacific Bell computers to obtain ‘unpublished telephone numbers for the Soviet Consulate’ .|
5. se sense 3 or 4 but with systems other than computers.
|Observer (London) 15 May 42/1: ‘Cloud chasing’ [...] involvd tricks such as blowing smoke rings [...] Skilled vapers can ‘hack’ their devices to change the size of the vapour clouds they emit.|