life hack

noun

informal
: a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently
"Life hacks," as they are known, are all about eliminating life's manifold frustrations in simple and deliciously clever ways. The best involve tricks that are free, efficient and stunningly obvious in retrospect, deploying household items (like the humble toilet roll) for purposes beyond their wildest aspirations.Michael Koziol

Examples of life hack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If so, any life hacks for making fewer enemies while still being a reasonably sincere version of yourself, for the sake of sanity alone? Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2024 Coming from the comedy world themselves, the duo takes listeners down hilarious rabbit holes about pet peeves, dating dilemmas and life hacks. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2024 Stocking up on seasonal styles at the end of their run is the ultimate life hack. Kayla Blanton, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 But over the last few years, tiny homes have morphed from a millennial lifestyle trend or life hack into a potential solution to the housing crisis. Alena Botros, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2024 From everyday life hacks to oversized kittens and inventive food prep, these were the top 10 TikToks of the year: 1. Taylor Lashley, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2023 Instead of spending your few spare moments on some life hack, use that time to live your life. Josh Gondelman, SELF, 21 Dec. 2023 Just consider the volume of social media content devoted to life hacks, how-tos, DIY and infographics dissecting how things work. Sarah Davanzo, Rolling Stone, 10 Aug. 2023 Satin Pull-On Pants To me, satin pants are the ultimate life hack. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 26 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of life hack was in 2004

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“Life hack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life%20hack. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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