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hack British English

Meaning: a newspaper reporter

For example:

  • As he opened his morning newspaper, the prime minister thought, "What have those bloody hacks written about today, I wonder?"

  • England had a good football coach until British newspaper hacks wrote stories about his private life. He quit and left the country.

Note: Most reporters regard this as an offensive term, so be careful if you use it.

Variety: This slang is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

The piece about their upcoming divorce was the work of a hack who
  1. writes for The Sun
  2. teaches at Oxford University
  3. sits on the High Court

Discuss: hack

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