Hand-hacking N. 1. [rare] 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.

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hand-hacking n.

1. [rare] 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.