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

Example Sentences

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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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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Cite this Entry

“Life hack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life%20hack. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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