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shack[edit]

As a verb. the def. given is "To live in or with; to shack up". I have never heard the word "shack" used as a verb, except in the slang expression shack up. MW3 has a few senses of "shack" as a verb, none of which correspond to def. given. DCDuring 17:31, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Partially answering my own RfV, I can find some mention of "shacking" in the sense given on Google Groups/Usenet.
"Shacking" is easily 10 times as common on Google Groups as a misspelling of "shaking" than as a verb derived from "shacking up". The following quote illustrates the problem:
  • "shacking???? if it's like shagging, then according to Austin Powers your car is screwing you! ... Hi everybody, can somebody with the same kind of car with me, explain why my car is shacking when iam back out of the driveway?"
I haven't seen misspellings added as "senses" for words that have real meanings. DCDuring 18:32, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Withdrawn Though I can't find many citations I'd be happy to insert in the entry, I am reasonably sure that it is slang used among youths. DCDuring 18:45, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

I suppose you can be reasonably sure that if there is any expression formed xxx up someone or some group will start to use it ommiting the 'up'. Similarly there are a vast number of verbs to which people append 'up' for no good reason. House 19:06, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
In fact there is usually a very good reason for adding up to many verbs. Because up has the implication of completely in many cases, e.g. cut and cut up are different, as are burn and burn up, and so on. Up is in fact quite the most complex particle in phrasal verbs. Algrif 15:59, 25 October 2007 (UTC)