verb (used with object); verb (used without object); also a noun.
Definition: something my cat does as it coughs up a hairball. Also, the guy who wrote this article; as in:
a person, as an artist or writer, who exploits, for money, his or her creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work; one who produces banal and mediocre work in the hope of gaining commercial success in the arts:
"As a writer, he was little more than a hack."
a professional who renounces or surrenders individual independence, integrity, belief, etc., in return for money or other reward in the performance of a task normally thought of as involving a strong personal commitment:
"a sports writing hack."
a writer who works on the staff of a publisher at a dull or routine task; someone who works as a literary drudge:
"He was one among the many hacks on Bay Street."
Hey pal, did you ever think that the ALs played so poorly and chose some questionable play calls because the Cats had beaten them so completely physically and mentally such that they couldn't perform their regular plays and, in the end, could not even execute the backup plays for fear of losing? Give your head a shake. The Als didn't "lose the game themselves" it was beaten out of them.