life hack

noun

Definition of life hack

informal

  1. :  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, The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, 31 Mar. 2015 … “life hack,” a term coined by a technology writer five years ago to describe ways to use technology to boost productivity in an organized, efficient manner, saving users time and stress. The original “life hack” idea was to identify software, particularly free downloads, that would help cut through the clutter of operating system options, detours and interruptions that come with today's office. Today, the term encompasses much more. Websites with word play names such as lifehacker.com, lifehack.org and lifehackery.com cover general tips for organizing and improving all parts of your life, from comparing pricing between Amazon and eBay to “5 Ways to Survive a Devastating Hurricane.” — Steve Twedt, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 28 Feb. 2010

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First Known Use of life hack

2004


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