Definition of whack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæk//
    [usually singular] (informal)
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  1. 1the act of hitting somebody/something hard; the sound made by this He gave the ball a good whack. I heard the whack of the bullet hitting the wood.
  2. 2(British English) a share of something; an amount of something Don't leave all the work to her. Everyone should do their fair whack. You have to pay the full whack. There are no reductions. He charges top whack (= the highest amount possible).
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: imitative, or perhaps an alteration of thwack.Idioms
      out of whack (informal, especially North American English)
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    1. 1no longer correct or working properly The system is clearly out of whack. All the traveling had thrown my body out of whack. The spending priorities were out of whack.
    2. 2not agreeing with or the same as something else Expectations and reality got out of whack.
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