(the) sack


(the) sack
   dismissal from employment
   In the days when workmen had to provide their own tools, they were kept in a bag or sack at the employer's workshop, or carried in them to work. To be given it, or sacked, by your master meant you were dismissed:
    ... sacked by a British bank for interfering with a woman in Fixed Deposits. (Theroux, 1973)
   An unsatisfactory member of the Sultan of Turkey's harem who got the sack received more peremptory and drastic treatment: she was stitched up in one and thrown into the Bosporus.

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  • the sack — [S] UK ► HR, WORKPLACE a situation in which you are told by your employer that you must leave your job, especially because you have done something wrong: get the sack »If I don t do the job right, I ll get the sack. give sb the sack »Her repeated …   Financial and business terms

  • the sack — informal, chiefly N. Amer. bed. → sack the sack informal dismissal from employment. → sack …   English new terms dictionary

  • the sack — n Bed. It is time for me to hit the sack. 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • the sack — informal Syn: dismissal, discharge, redundancy; informal the boot, the axe, the heave ho, the push …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • The Sack (Robot Chicken episode) — Infobox Television episode Title = The Sack Series = Robot Chicken Caption = Season = 1 Episode = 18 Airdate = June 26, 2005 Production = 104 Writer = Mike Fasolo Doug Goldstein Seth Green Pat McCallum Tom Root Matthew Senreich Director = Matthew …   Wikipedia

  • get the sack — Sack Sack, n. [OE. sak, sek, AS. sacc, s[ae]cc, L. saccus, Gr. sa kkos from Heb. sak; cf. F. sac, from the Latin. Cf. {Sac}, {Satchel}, {Sack} to plunder.] 1. A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a receptacle made of some kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give the sack to — Sack Sack, n. [OE. sak, sek, AS. sacc, s[ae]cc, L. saccus, Gr. sa kkos from Heb. sak; cf. F. sac, from the Latin. Cf. {Sac}, {Satchel}, {Sack} to plunder.] 1. A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a receptacle made of some kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hit the sack — Sack Sack, n. [OE. sak, sek, AS. sacc, s[ae]cc, L. saccus, Gr. sa kkos from Heb. sak; cf. F. sac, from the Latin. Cf. {Sac}, {Satchel}, {Sack} to plunder.] 1. A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a receptacle made of some kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hit the sack — verb prepare for sleep I usually turn in at midnight He goes to bed at the crack of dawn • Syn: ↑go to bed, ↑turn in, ↑bed, ↑crawl in, ↑kip down, ↑hit the hay, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • get the sack — verb To be dismissed from employment. Syn: get sacked, get the chop, get the boot, get the elbow, get the ax, get the axe See Also: give the sack, sack, hit the sack …   Wiktionary


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