Sack Sack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sacking}.] [See {Sack} pillage.] To plunder or pillage, as a town or city; to devastate; to ravage. [1913 Webster]

The Romans lay under the apprehensions of seeing their city sacked by a barbarous enemy. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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  • Sacking — Sack ing, n. [AS. s[ae]ccing, from s[ae]cc sack, bag.] Stout, coarse cloth of which sacks, bags, etc., are made. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sacking — ► NOUN 1) an act of dismissing someone from employment. 2) coarse material for making sacks; sackcloth …   English terms dictionary

  • sacking — [sak′iŋ] n. a cheap, coarse cloth woven of flax, hemp, jute, etc., used esp. for making sacks …   English World dictionary

  • sacking — [[t]sæ̱kɪŋ[/t]] sackings 1) N UNCOUNT Sacking is rough woven material that is used to make sacks. Syn: hessian 2) N COUNT A sacking is when an employer tells a worker to leave their job. ...the sacking of twenty three thousand miners. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • sacking — noun a) Cheap rough cloth such as would be used to make bags (sacks). The farmer grabbed a handful of sacking and rubbed down the cow. b) Firing or termination of an employee. He followed his sacking with a good drunk …   Wiktionary

  • sacking — sack sack 2 verb [transitive] informal HUMAN RESOURCES to dismiss someone from their job; = fire: • A dozen workers were sacked for refusing to work overtime. sacking …   Financial and business terms

  • sacking — UK [ˈsækɪŋ] / US noun Word forms sacking : singular sacking plural sackings 1) [countable] British informal an act of forcing someone to leave their job 2) [uncountable] sackcloth …   English dictionary

  • sacking — noun 1》 an act of sacking someone or something. 2》 coarse material for making sacks; sackcloth …   English new terms dictionary

  • sacking — noun Date: 1707 material for sacks; especially a coarse fabric (as burlap) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sacking — /sak ing/, n. stout, coarse woven material of hemp, jute, or the like, chiefly for sacks. Also called sackcloth. [1580 90; SACK1 + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

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