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hand-hacking: n. 1. The practice of translating hot spots from
   an HLL into hand-tuned assembler, as opposed to trying to
   coerce the compiler into generating better code.  Both the term and
   the practice are becoming uncommon.  See tune, bum, by
   hand; syn. with v. cruft.  2. More generally, manual
   construction or patching of data sets that would normally be
   generated by a translation utility and interpreted by another
   program, and aren't really designed to be read or modified by