life hack


Definition of life hack

: 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 Life hack: How to lose weight in two easy and inexpensive ways Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2017 Earlier this week, a life hack was revealed that may have singlehandedly contributed to the iPhone X shortage. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, 27 Oct. 2017 Amazon has harnessed a common life hack for the slightly forgetful, and AI-using, music fan in all of us and turned it into a new chart. Marc Schneider, Billboard, 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of life hack

2004, in the meaning defined above

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“Life hack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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