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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhack up
he/she/ithacks up
present participlehacking up
past tensehacked up
past participlehacked up
  1. 1
    to cut something into pieces using a knife or other sharp tool in a rough or violent way

    The killer had hacked up the body.

  2. 2
    to remove something from your throat or lungs by coughing in a loud rough way

    The cat was hacking up a hairball.

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