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give someone the sack

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give someone the sack

verb phrase

To dismiss someone; terminate employment

[1825+; origin uncertain; the phrase donner son sac, ''to give him his sack,'' has been current in French since the 1600s; sack may be ''traveling bag, bindle'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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