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 pliable material, as cloth, leather, and the like; a large pouch. [1913 Webster]

2. A measure of varying capacity, according to local usage and the substance. The American sack of salt is 215 pounds; the sack of wheat, two bushels. --McElrath. [1913 Webster]

3. [Perhaps a different word.] Originally, a loosely hanging garment for women, worn like a cloak about the shoulders, and serving as a decorative appendage to the gown; now, an outer garment with sleeves, worn by women; as, a dressing sack. [Written also {sacque}.] [1913 Webster]

4. A sack coat; a kind of coat worn by men, and extending from top to bottom without a cross seam. [1913 Webster]

5. (Biol.) See 2d {Sac}, 2. [1913 Webster]

6. Bed. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Sack bearer} (Zo["o]l.). See {Basket worm}, under {Basket}.

{Sack tree} (Bot.), an East Indian tree ({Antiaris saccidora}) which is cut into lengths, and made into sacks by turning the bark inside out, and leaving a slice of the wood for a bottom.

{To give the sack to} or {get the sack}, to discharge, or be discharged, from employment; to jilt, or be jilted. [Slang]

{To hit the sack}, to go to bed. [Slang] [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • get the sack — be fired or dismissed from work I told him that if he doesn t change his work habits he will get the sack from his job …   Idioms and examples

  • 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

  • get the sack — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To be fired or dismissed from work. * /John got the sack at the factory last week./ 2. To be told by one s lover that the relationship is over. * /Joanna gave Sam the sack./ See: GET THE AX and GET THE BOUNCE(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get the sack — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To be fired or dismissed from work. * /John got the sack at the factory last week./ 2. To be told by one s lover that the relationship is over. * /Joanna gave Sam the sack./ See: GET THE AX and GET THE BOUNCE(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get\ the\ sack — v. phr. slang 1. To be fired or dismissed from work. John got the sack at the factory last week. 2. To be told by one s lover that the relationship is over. Joanna gave Sam the sack. See: get the axe and get the bounce(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get the sack — AND get the ax tv. to be dismissed from one’s employment. □ Poor Tom got the sack today. He’s always late. □ I was afraid that Sally was going to get the ax …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • get the sack —    If someone gets the sack, they lose their job, usually because they have done something wrong.     Charlie got the sack when his boss caught him stealing …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • get the sack — to be told to leave your job. He got the sack when they found out that he d lied about his qualifications …   New idioms dictionary

  • get the sack — Meaning To be dismissed from a job. Origin From the days when tradesmen owned their tools and, when dismissed from their job, took them with them in a bag or sack …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • get the sack — be fired from a job, be discharged …   English contemporary dictionary

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