have a whack at

have a whack at
Vrb phrs. To attempt. E.g."I had a whack at plumbing in the new kitchen sink but I didn't have the tools so paid a professional to finish the job."

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  • have a whack at it — try it, give it a try …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whack — [hwak, wak] vt., vi. [echoic] 1. to strike or slap with a sharp, resounding blow ☆ 2. Slang to murder (a person), often, specif., for pay n. 1. a sharp, resounding blow 2. the sound of this at a whack or at one whack Informal at one …   English World dictionary

  • whack — whack1 [wæk] v [T] informal [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from the sound of hitting] 1.) to hit someone or something hard whack sb/sth with sth ▪ He kept whacking the dog with a stick. 2.) BrE spoken to put something somewhere whack sth… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whack — 1 verb (T) informal 1 to hit someone or something hard: Ow! You whacked me with your elbow! 2 spoken to put something somewhere: Just whack it under the grill for a couple of minutes. 2 noun (C) especially spoken 1 the act of hitting something… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whack — [[t](h)wæ̱k[/t]] whacks, whacking, whacked 1) VERB If you whack someone or something, you hit them hard. [INFORMAL] [V n] You really have to whack the ball... [V n prep] Someone whacked him on the head. N COUNT; …   English dictionary

  • whack — v. & n. colloq. v.tr. 1 strike or beat forcefully with a sharp blow. 2 (as whacked adj.) esp. Brit. tired out; exhausted. n. 1 a sharp or resounding blow. 2 sl. a share. Phrases and idioms: have a whack at sl. attempt. out of whack esp. US sl.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whack —  1. n. Share.  2. v. Defeat. Strike.  3. have a whack at Attempt.  4. whacked Tired out …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • have/take a whack at — US informal : to try to do (something) She took a whack at solving the puzzle. I can t open the jar. Do you want to take a whack at it? [=do you want to try to open it?] • • • Main Entry: ↑whack …   Useful english dictionary

  • whack — I n. (colloq.) blow 1) to give smb. a whack attempt 2) to take a whack at 3) to have the first whack at misc. 4) out of whack (he threw his shoulder out of whack) II v. (colloq.) (O) ( to strike ) I ll whack you one * * * [wæk] (colloq.) ( to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • whack — I UK [wæk] / US / US [hwæk] verb [transitive] Word forms whack : present tense I/you/we/they whack he/she/it whacks present participle whacking past tense whacked past participle whacked informal 1) to hit someone or something with a lot of force …   English dictionary

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