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According to arch-hacker James Gosling, to "...modify a program with no idea whatsoever how it works." (See whacker.) It is actually possible to do this in nontrivial circumstances if the change is small and well-defined and you are very good at glarking things from context. As a trivial example, it is relatively easy to change all "stderr" writes to "stdout" writes in a piece of C filter code which remains otherwise mysterious.
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He saw a great header whacked off the line by Andrew Hamilton, a searing volley thump the underside of the crossbar, and a last-minute header strike a post.
Those 18 runs Slater whacked off Gough's first over at Edgbaston were a shock from which the England attack never recovered.
It looked like somebody had taken a helicopter, turned it upside down, and whacked off all the treetops," says Jim Meiklejohn, chairman of the Randolph Conservation Commission.