British English
This page is about the slang term hack.

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 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

a. writes for The Sun

b. teaches at Oxford University

c. sits on the High Court

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Contributor: Matt Errey