Definitions

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  • n. A bully; a ruffian; an assassin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bully; a bravo; a ruffian; an assassin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bully; a ruffian.

Etymologies

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From hack to cut.

Examples

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  • Herewith all the people (outragiously incensed) with one conioyned outcrye yelled mainely, Away with him, away with him, Executioner torture him, teare him, or we will teare thee in peeces if thou spare him.

    The executioner needed no exhortation herevnto, for of his owne nature was he hackster good enough: olde excellent hee was at a bone-ache.

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010