- 1Strike forcefully with a sharp blow: his attacker whacked him on the head [no object]: she found a stick to whack at the branchesMore example sentences
- Players use their own clubs to whack at the golf ball, which swings around and lands in the net.
- So I finally got my sharp arts-and-crafts scissors and whacked a good few inches off, and now it comes to just below my chin.
- He and Gin found a perfect tree and began to whack at it with their axes.
- 1.1North American Murder: he was whacked while sitting in his carMore example sentences
- The ‘Ice-Pick Murderer’ had whacked anyone Kay asked him to and hurt anyone else that he hadn't managed to kill.
- For those of you keeping score, this is the casino boat company in which one of Abramoff's co-owners was later whacked in a gangland style hit after the things started to go South.
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- 1A sharp or resounding blow.More example sentences
- Our teachers are very supportive. If by chance we start dreaming in class, we get a sharp whack on our knuckles to bring us back to the real world.
- For dogs of moderate aggressiveness, a sharp whack on the snout with a drumstick is usually enough.
- Resounding whack between his shoulder blades, which had him choking on his mouthful of beer.
- 2A try or attempt: we decided to take a whack at spotting the decade’s trendsMore example sentences
- I guess to be fair, I should take a whack at it myself.
- I thought you and your readers might take a whack at something that has always nagged at me.
- I'll just loosen my girdle and take a whack at it.
- 3British A specified share of or contribution to something: motorists pay a fair whack for the use of the roads through taxesMore example sentences
- He simply made a whack of money selling shares in Iona.
- There should still be a fair whack of private equity cash left over for young, high-growth companies - particularly those that have got past the initial investment stage.
- They saw it as a pot of money, so all they had to do was nominate some centres that they might call growth centres, and they'd get a whack of money out of the Federal government.
at a (or one) whack
- At one time: he built twenty houses at one whackMore example sentences
- I am on board the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star as it back-and-rams the frozen ocean to open up a fourteen-mile-long channel into McMurdo Station, fifty feet at a whack.
- The basic premise was that we would commence with a 24-inch barrel, test for accuracy and velocity, and then shorten it two inches at a whack before repeating our testing.
- Unfortunately we're stuck on hold for 5 minutes at a whack because these sites aren't on the allowed list.
out of whack
- North American & Australian/New Zealand Out of order; not working: all their calculations were out of whackMore example sentences
- When he's not, the batting order is thrown out of whack, with hitters moved into slots they are not suited to.
- I did some revisions and ended up removing two or so chapters and throwing the whole order out of whack.
- We turn down quite a few invitations here at the Diary to enter journalism awards simply because we are totally out of whack with the subject matter.
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- It's more fun to ski from your bumper than hike a rocky trail in the dark, wondering when you'll finally get those branch whackers off your back and on to your feet.
- That at least is the word from the ‘Nuevo Dia Newspaper’ which as all good Pinata whackers know means New Day.
- Four inches of surface and a finger-grooved linen Micarta grip make this one upscale whacker.
early 18th century: imitative, or perhaps an alteration of thwack.