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    hack a website

    "The website has been spreading rumors about the government. So they just hacked it out existance."

    Is it OK with the use of "hack out"? Can we say "spill rumors"?

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    Re: hack a website

    Hacking means that you access a site to steal the information that's there (or I suppose make unauthorized changes). You don't make it go away by hacking it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: hack a website

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hacking means that you access a site to steal the information that's there (or I suppose make unauthorized changes). You don't make it go away by hacking it.
    In episode 6 of "Event'' a lady say,"They took away my website. They hacked it out of existance."

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    Re: hack a website

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    In episode 6 of "Event'' a lady say,"They took away my website. They [hacked it] [out of existaEnce]."
    'Hack out' is not an atomic idea here, as it would be in 'He hacked a piece out of the middle of the cheese'.

    (Incidentally, you must excuse the speaker for being upset. The website itself was not hacked; the host server was, in such a way as to make the website seem to disappear or misbehave in some way.)

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