Definition of sack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sæk//
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  1. 1  [countable] a large bag with no handles, made of strong rough material or strong paper or plastic, used for storing and carrying, for example flour, coal, etc.
  2. 2  [countable] (North American English) a strong paper bag for carrying shopping
  3. 3  [countable] the contents of a sack They got through a sack of potatoes. (North American English) two sacks of groceries
  4. 4  the sack [singular] (British English, informal) being told by your employer that you can no longer continue working for a company, etc., usually because of something that you have done wrong He got the sack for swearing. Her work was so poor that she was given the sack. Four hundred workers face the sack.
  5. 5the sack [singular] (informal, especially North American English) a bed He caught them in the sack together.
  6. 6(also the sack) [singular] (formal) the act of stealing or destroying property in a captured town the sack of Rome
  7. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 Old English sacc, from Latin saccus ‘sack, sackcloth’, from Greek sakkos, of Semitic origin. noun sense 6 mid 16th cent.: from French sac, in the phrase mettre à sac ‘put to sack’, on the model of Italian fare il sacco, mettere a sacco, which perhaps originally referred to filling a sack with plunder.Extra examples Hundreds of postal workers are facing the sack. I decided to hit the sack and have an early night. She got the sack after 20 years of service. The kittens had been tied up in a sack and thrown in the river. They filled the sacks with potatoes. a sack of coal bulging sacks of toysIdioms (informal) to go to bed
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