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Alternative Spellings

lehakhes, lehokhes, l'hakhis, lehachis


  • spitefully; deliberately; literally "in order to anger"

Example Sentences

  • "She's driving on Shabbos not because she has anywhere to go, but l'hachis."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb להכעיס lehakhís 'v., to anger', Yiddish להכעיס lehákhes 'n., spite'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).


cf. Yiddish tsulokhes, af tsulokhes (אויף צו להעכיס af tsu lehakhes/lokhes 'in spite')

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