Definition of sacking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsakɪŋ/


1 informal An act of dismissing someone from employment: the offence merited a written warning that could lead to a sacking
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  • Questions have been raised over the role of the Employment Advocate in the sacking of four workers at the Toorallie mill in Bombala in southern NSW.
  • But the father of two had his dedication to the employee principles of discount giant The Warehouse vindicated after an employment court found the sacking was unjustified.
  • The fall in investment and the contraction of the market leads to the sacking of workers and further decline in demand and so on.
2The pillaging of a town or city: Edward took Caen and subjected it to a brutal sacking [mass noun]: the sacking of Camulodunum
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  • He and Jaffray lived through turbulent times, particularly during the Civil War, when they survived the town's two sackings by Cromwellian forces.
  • Built at the crossroads of an ancient Middle-Eastern trade route, it was ruled by the Syrian queen Zenobia, who dared to defy Rome, resulting in the sacking of the city in AD 273.
  • Al-Hakim was highly eccentric; for example, he ordered the sacking of the city of al-Fustat, he ordered the killing of all dogs since their barking annoyed him, and he banned certain vegetables and shellfish.
3 [mass noun] Coarse material for making sacks; sackcloth.
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  • Grey and smooth, the rocks have a fabric imprint, resembling coarse canvas sacking.
  • These would be covered with layers of hessian sacking.
  • And the idea of the wind chimes, oiled, wrapped and protected in rolls of aromatic hessian sacking, lying up in the dark of the garage loft against some future need, is pleasing enough.

Words that rhyme with sacking

backing, blacking, packing, tracking, whacking

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