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I've removed this text, which belongs under "jack up", not "jack":

Transitive verb[edit]

  1. To raise an item using a jack (sense 1).
    Example: He jacked the car up before changing the tire


-- Paul G 20:52, 14 Feb 2004 (UTC)

See jack up DCDuring TALK 17:04, 7 July 2009 (UTC)


How about as a shortening of carjack? —This comment was unsigned.

Or of hijack. But did those terms come from some sense of jack#Verb? DCDuring TALK 17:05, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Hijack is 1920's and is an original term, "carjack" is a portmanteau of "car" and "hijack" and it seems most likely that the modern "jack" is a contraction of "carjack" but good luck proving THAT as "jack" as a contraction of "hijack" was around but fell into disuse.

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Rfv-sense: baseball slang interjection. DCDuring TALK 16:37, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Very hard to search for this using Google. (Do the BYU corpora help? I'm unfamiliar with them.) This page (equivalently, in case that's 404, this one) make it seem like a noun, and capitalized. Of course, that's not durably archived. I've found the following book hit so far, but POS is unclear:
  • 1994, April Sinclair, Coffee Will Make You Black, 2000 Harper Perennial edition, →ISBN, page 27 [1]:
    I could hear my brothers clapping and yelling. "Home run, jack! Home run, jack!"
Make of it what you will.​—msh210 16:57, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
Other Web hits concur that it's a noun.​—msh210 18:54, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm used to hearing it as a noun "23 jacks on the season" (sounds really silly in British English, that). It does exist as a verb, but I don't think either sense is quite correct. And the interjection is right just shouting the noun "jack". That should REALLY go. Mglovesfun (talk) 14:44, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

RFV failed, interjection removed. Anyone wishing to add the noun, please feel free. —RuakhTALK 13:17, 29 August 2010 (UTC)


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A jumble, especially of etymologies. DCDuring TALK 13:35, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Striking. I see no jumble of etymologies. I do not see what should be cleaned up. Originally tagged in this revision. The first etymology has been expanded a bit in the meanwhile. --Dan Polansky 12:38, 27 May 2011 (UTC)