Hand-hacking: N. 1. The Practice Of Translating {hot Spot}s 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. The practice of translating {hot spot}s 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
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary