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What wonder is it, pray, that a woodcutter should stand and hack up on a hillside?

What wonder is it, pray, that a wood-cutter should stand and hack up on a hillside?

Finding that he had ridden the hack up, he desired Leather to leave him there.

As soon as the turf gave place to hard metal she pulled her hack up and proceeded at a walk.

What wonder is it, pray, that a wood cutter should stand and hack up on a hillside?

WORD ORIGIN

"to cut roughly, cut with chopping blows," c.1200, from verb found in stem of Old English tohaccian "hack to pieces," from West Germanic *hakkon (cf. Old Frisian hackia "to chop or hack," Dutch hakken, Old High German hacchon, German hacken), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth." Perhaps influenced by Old Norse höggva "to hack, hew" (cf. hacksaw). Slang sense of "cope with" (such as in can't hack it) is first recorded in American English 1955, with a sense of "get through by some effort," as a jungle (cf. phrase hack after "keep working away at" attested from late 14c.). Related: Hacked; hacking.

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