1A large bag made of a strong material such as burlap, thick paper, or plastic, used for storing and carrying goods.
- Each one, after scrutiny, found something of value to add to his sack: paper, plastic bags, bits of cardboard.
- We had our bikes, our waterproofs and our special thick plastic newspaper sacks to keep the newsprint nice and dry.
- The changes will mean residents placing their rubbish in a suitable container or into strong plastic sacks.
2A loose, unfitted, or shapeless garment, in particular.
- The plain green dress was a good few sizes too big for her and hung off her petite frame like a big shapeless sack.
- It's like she gorged herself on popcorn and Junior Mints during the screening and decided she needed to hide the bloat with an untailored cotton sack.
- One cannot deny that it certainly does solve the ‘what to wear’ dilemma if one only has one sack in one color - black - simple.
3 (the sack) informal , chiefly North American Bed, especially as regarded as a place for sex.
4 (the sack) informal Dismissal from employment: he got the sack for swearing they were given the sack
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- Rowena Henson was soon given the sack over another matter.
- The majority of workers have now received the early retirement package and wage arrears with the exception of eight who were, instead, given the sack.
- I got the sack from Woolworth's for fighting with the under-manager in the stock room, and then went back to the youth employment officer.
a dismissal, a discharge
informal the boot, the ax, the heave-ho, one's marching orders, a pink slip
5 Baseball , informal A base.
- If they finish the year first in pilfered sacks, it would be the first time since 1938 that the Bronx Bombers led in this category.
- He started out as a pitcher as many ballplayers do but quickly was moved over to the first sack.
- Say, for instance, the underhand toss the hurler sent toward the behind (aka catcher) went to the spot you'd indicated and you walloped a shot to the second sack man.
6 Football An act of tackling a quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a pass.
- Last year, Babin recorded 15 sacks and 33 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
- Joseph has racked up 16 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries since moving to tackle.
- In 1982, the NFL finally cried uncle and recognized the quarterback sack as an individual statistic.
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1 informal Dismiss from employment: any official found to be involved would be sacked on the spot
More example sentences
- To deny a person employment or to sack them on such grounds is an abuse of natural justice and due process because they have already received the legally appropriate penalty.
- The Prime Minister has come out in support of Dr Hollingworth's decision not to sack someone from their employment despite enormous impropriety.
- Geetha, another sacked female employee, also attempted suicide after she was dismissed.
3 Football Tackle (a quarterback) behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a pass.
- Next down, he charged around the left tackle and sacked the quarterback for a safety.
- For the last two seasons, the Texans have been one of the worst defenses in the league at sacking the quarterback.
- During that season, San Francisco sacked enemy quarterbacks 61 times.
4 rare Put into a sack or sacks.
- Packing sheds were constructed for growers to sort and sack the potatoes for shipment.
- Mr. Cahm Gastineau, an old time thresherman, and my friend for 60 years, took care of sacking the grain.
- Well, prior to going out to collect the buggies, I was inside sacking groceries at the express counter.
hit the sack
- informal Go to bed.Example sentences
- I know there was no wound on my wrist before hitting the sack because upon retiring I took off my watch and did not observe any blemish in the left wrist area.
- We went for another waltz down ‘Da Street’ before hitting the sack, only stopping for one last drink at a beachside bar where an Elvis impersonater was performing.
- Got home around 12:30 or so, played around on the computer for a bit, then finished up Charlotte's Web before hitting the sack.
a sack of potatoes
- informal Used in similes to refer to clumsiness, inertness, or unceremonious treatment of the person or thing in question: he drags me in like a sack of potatoesMore example sentences
- He ended up half-carrying, half-dragging me to his car, where he dumped me unceremoniously like a sack of potatoes.
- After another hour or two of shop talk I was positively exhausted and dropped into bed like a sack of potatoes, only to wake up before 4 am, unable to sleep.
- You struck Mr Ryan three vicious blows to his stomach, causing him to collapse like a sack of potatoes into the gutter.
- Example sentences
- Mr Close says he had not had any opportunity to discuss his responses to any of the allegations against him (none of which were sackable offences) with anyone in the department.
- A detective who accessed the police database to try and find out the home address of a corruption investigator was let off with just a fine, even though it is now a sackable offence.
- ‘I would regard it as a sackable matter if the manager of a club I was in charge of made defeatist comments,’ said Crampsey.
- Example sentences
- Hayley is wearing some sort of grey sack-like top and jeans.
- Suddenly, I felt the sensation of something warm, damp and sack-like being stuffed into my mouth and nose!
- A plain string was tied at her waist, giving the sack-like clothing a shape.
(Chiefly in historical contexts) plunder and destroy (a captured town, building, or other place).
- Then, an army of warriors and men dressed in black cowls came from the direction of Plunder castle and sacked the town.
- Devastating or plundering land without sacking a city was a regular tactic at the time and one that, as long as people had a secure place of retreat, was not particularly fearsome.
- Commanding 36 ships and 2000 fellow buccaneers, Morgan sacked the town and left his men to the burning and looting.
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The pillaging of a town or city.
- The statue must have been damaged during the sack of the city by the Franks in 355 AD.
- The armor is engraved with scenes of Roman days to come: Romulus and Remus, the founding of the republic, the sack of the city by Gauls.
- Strabo does not, however, explicitly refer to the sack of the city of Old Pleuron.
A dry white wine formerly imported into Britain from Spain and the Canary Islands.
- In the Middle Ages many Alsace wines were fortified or spiced in order to compete with the fuller bodied Mediterranean wines such as sack and malmsey.
- In the 17th century, sack (like sweet sherry), claret, or orange juice were used in eating possets.
- Yet after wine and mead and sack, man must have a massive snack.
early 16th century: from the phrase wyne seck, from French vin sec 'dry wine'.