1. (also hackman) the driver of a hackney carriage.
|Addns. to Works (1750) 75: But at St. Clement's Church, eat out the back; / And slipping through the Palsgrave, bilkt poor Hack .|
|Guardian (1826) No. 14 60: The happy minute [...] when our hack had the happiness to take in his expected fare, attended by her mother .|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Dec. 6/4: Having stopped at the latter place for a short time, the hackman drove to Flushing .|
|Mysteries of N.Y. 15: ‘There ain’t no use talking,’ said a grizzled old night hackman [...] ‘I’ll lay my hack and hosses again a five cent nickel [etc]’man.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 105: They licked two Hackmen, set fire to an Awning, pulled down many Signs.|
|L.A. Eve. Express 22 Nov. 🌐 The hackman who [...] did not gather in enough yellow gold with which to build for his declining years a mansion [...] ought to be investigated by his union.|
|World of Graft 64: I have found the ‘cabby’ a mine of information in every city that I have visited. [...] If you can find a wise hackman he can put you ‘next’ to more things on more policemen’s beats.|
|Taking the Count 324: The hack can drive on.‘For the Pictures’ in|
|Ade’s Fables 159: Selena pulled her tall-grass French on a Hackman, but there was nothing doing.‘The Dream That Came Out’ in|
|New York Day by Day 30 Apr. [synd. col.] After conducting himself as an almots model hackman for thirteen years [etc].|
2. a prostitute; one who is sexually experienced [abbr. hackney n. (1)].
|Only True and Exact Calendar title page: A great many Common Hacks are in Town, to Run for small Plates, among whom are, Miss Jenny Whim, Molly May, Dianna Frost, Miss Handy, Dolly Thunderbum.|
|[||Sporting Mag. Aug. VIII 271/1: She [i.e. ‘a sporting lady’] was originally bought in london, by two gentlemen in partnership, and used then as a common hack].|
|My Secret Life (1966) VIII 1528: These varied positions test whether the female is a hack or a greenhorn.|
3. (also hackney, hackney writer) a reporter, a journalist, formerly derog. but recently popular, if tongue-in-cheek.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Hacks or Hackneys hirelings. Hackney-scriblers, Poor Hirelings Mercenary Writers.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: hackney writer one who writes for attornies or booksellers.|
|Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 84: They’re common hacks.|
|Real Life in London I 511: ‘I would not, were I a bricklayer’s labourer,’ exclaimed Bob, ‘exchange situations with this unfortunate literary hack.’.|
|White Rose 195: I’m what they call a hack, I believe, on a penny paper.|
|Manhattan Transfer 391: In spite of what these journalistic hacks and quacks would call extenuating circumstances.|
|New York Day by Day 1 June [synd. col.] I’m no exception to that unattainable urge that afflicts every hack. That is to quit everything and go off some place.|
|(con. 1928) Mad in Pursuit 94: This is Miss Aiken, a fellow hack.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 113: Who are these hacks who spew out these articles, anyway?letter 31 Mar. in|
|Proud Highway (1997) 625: Anderson’s review was typical of most screeds turned out by cheap hacks.letter 28 June in|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 226: Sometimes he can get a bit stroppy with hacks.|
|London Blues 32: Your typical hack wants the big one placed on his desk—all trussed-up and oven-ready.|
|Indep. Rev. 4 Jan. 4: The usual hacks [...] savoured his humiliation with sadistic pleasure.|
|All the Colours 304: [A] hack is scarcely better than a cop.|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 24 Dec. 🌐 An extended Vaalie-Cape Town family settling down to lamb stuffed with rosemary [...] leaving no leftovers for a hungry sport hack.|
|Thrill City [ebook] A titty-mag hack who’d gone to the dark side and started reporting crime.|
4. anyone who acts as a ‘yes-man’, esp. in politics.
|Satirist (London) 10 Apr. 4/3: [of a newspaper] That Tory hack, The Morning Post, has the following sentence in one of its leaden articles .|
|Little Men, Big World 106: A party hack by the name of Creeden, a former chief of police, had been appointed by Mayor Marley.|
|Three Negro Plays (1969) Act I: The only people who went out were those tired political hacks.Slave in|
|After Hours 157: A political hack like Haynes flouting the law.|
|Inner World of Abraham Lincoln 1: [heading] Lincoln’s Midlife Crisis: From Party Hack to Statesman.|
|Japan’s Dysfunctional Democracy 11: Mon Yoshiro, an LDP party hack not held in high regard by fellow members.|
|The Force [ebook] One of the mayor’s hacks says, ‘The community is not going to like that’.|
5. attrib. use of sense 3.
|Keep The Aspidistra Flying (1962) 72: It was queer that a prosperous hack critic like Paul Doring should live in such a place.|
|Long Good-Bye 60: If I was a real bright guy instead of a hack newspaper man, maybe I’d think he didn’t kill her at all.|
6. (US) a taxicab.
|[||Lying Lover iii. ii: We’ll take a Hack—Our Maids shall go with us].|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 70/2: We walked along the pier and outside, where were a number of omnibusses and hacks awaiting the arrival of the packet.|
|Hoosier Mosaics 72: Carrie and I must hasten at once to Cincinnati. The hack is waiting; so good bye, my dear friend, God bless you!|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 267: The hack drivers danced in the pavements in fierce, wild glee.letter in|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 33: At nine o’clock dey comes chasin up t’ door in a hack.|
|Beat It 41: Eighty-seven hack-drivers with tears in their eyes.|
|You Know Me Al (1984) 185: I wish you would ask Ben Smith will he have a hack down to the depo to meet us.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 104: Dodging between two hacks at the curb I crossed to the opposite side of the street.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 115: The other lads piled into a hack, and were off.Young Lonigan in|
|‘Saint in Silver’ in Goulart (1967) 48: I sat there in the hack counting over the night’s winnings.|
|(con. 1910s) Hoods (1953) 35: A Ford taxicab was standing outside Sam’s [...] ‘It looks like Cockeye’s brother’s hack.’.|
|After Hours 136: Drivin’ a hack or truck, workin’ in a factory.|
|Corner (1998) 136: The arrangements call for the hack to show up sometime after nine.|
|Big Boat to Bye-Bye 27: We grabbed a hack.|
7. in attrib. use of sense 5.
|Fast One (1936) 29: You’re a swell driver, Jakie. You should’ve stayed in the hack racket.|
8. (US) a hearse.
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 392: The Irish got to piling up hacks so, on their funerals, that a funeral left them ragged and hungry for two years afterward.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 147: Bring on your rubber-tired hack. / They’re going to take Albert to the graveyard.|
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 198: Fohty dollar coffin, eighty dollar hack, / carried po’ man to cemetery but failed to bring him back.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 140: Bring out your rubber-tired buggy. / Bring out your rubber-tired hack. / I’m taking my man to the graveyard.|
9. (US) an automobile (other than a taxi).
|New York Day by Day 1 Apr. [synd. col.] [They] were rattled down to policeheadquarters [...] in the town hack, known officially as the patrol wagon.|
|Negro Workaday Songs 97: Lord, I’m gonna buy me rubber-tire hack.|
|Rampant Age 319: That worn-out hack!|
|Spicy Detective Stories Nov. 🌐 That new hack of mine was a speedy sled.‘Beyond Justice’ in|
|🌐 There was a snub-nosed thirty-two automatic in the glove compartment of my hack.‘The Devil’s Race Track’ in Detective Yarns Sept.|
|Little Men, Big World 71: One day, when he had enough moo to leave the big town, he’d have a hack like that, only maybe pink with cream-coloured upholstery.|
|Night Gardener 49: He used her credit card to buy gas for the hack.|
10. (Aus./US, also hackman) a taxi-driver.
|Brain Guy 79: Hell, that hack must’ve figured you a big shot.|
|This Place on Third Avenue (2001) 4: Johnny, one of the hackmen outside, put the whole thing in a nutshell.‘Some Nights when Nothing Happens’|
|Joyful Condemned 191: Now I’m just a mug hack lousing the city, but even I get to estimate the rake-off on such joints.|
|Buttons 61: Talking to the hack on the way into the city.|
|Corner (1998) 265: The hack pulls up on Vine Street in front of the McCullough house.|
|Drop Dead, My Lovely (2005) 156: I gave the hack the thumbs-up.|
11. an incompetent, an inadequate; occas. as adj.
|Playback 206: I’m a tired hack with a doubtful future.|
|Skin Tight 277: The man seemed to relish being maligned as a hack and a clown.|
|Indep. Rev. 10 July 10: One drastic face-lift performed by a hack surgeon.|
|Kill Shot [ebook] Like most escort services, hers catered to convention hacks—husbands and fathers who were variously shy, drunk, impotent, thankful, underappreciated and aggrieved.|
12. (N.Z.) a customer, as in a pub.
|Shiner Slattery 119: ‘Look, there’s two hacks on the rail.’ [...] ‘Two customers.’.|
13. a worker of any type, the image is of monotonous ‘grind’.
|Rivethead (1992) 55: It’s those overpaid, spineless factory hacks and their demonic craving for firewater.|
14. (US Und.) a rented gun.
|Night Gardener 241: ‘The gun got passed on or sold’ [...] ‘Or it was a hack [...] Whoever killed Asa Johnson rented it to Lyons.’.|
(Aus./US) a taxi-driver.
|‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 91: Lotta caught up with a dumb cluck hack pusher [...] and let him drive her home.|
|(con. WWII) Thin Red Line (1963) 268: There was no doubt in his hard hackpusher’s mind about which side he would be on.|
|Aus. Lang. (2nd edn) 213: Hack pusher, a taxi driver.|
(US) a taxicab stand.
|‘Miscellany’ in AS LI (1976) 287: Cab stand, taxi stand,...hack rack.|
(Irish) lucky, successful.
|At Swim-Two-Birds 90: We’re right for the night. We’re away on a hack.|
|Honey Seems Bitter 50: Boy, you’re in the swim. You’re away on a hack.|
|Goodbye to the Hill (1986) 188: I knew that if I could get talking to him, and maybe do a song or two, I’d be away in a hack.|
|Bed in the Sticks (2014) [ebook] ‘The trick is to give [readers]what they want’ and it doesn’t take long to work out that it’s laughs and tears, and if you can work a nice bust in a tight sweater in the story, you're away in a hack.|
|Van (1998) 598: I was away on a hack until you opened your fuckin’ mouth.|
|(con. 1978) Pictures in my Head 89: Grind your teeth like so and get a look of ‘I don’t give a bollicks’ and you’re away in a hack.|
|Salesman 183: And if you were half as clever in school you’d be away in a hack.|
|You’re Grand [ebook] Once we discovered reality shows, we were away on a hack.|
to wear the same dress every day.
|Londinismen (2nd edn).|
(US black) to move fast.
|Third Ear n.p.: make hack v. to move rapidly.|