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[woo l-sak] /ˈwʊlˌsæk/
a sack or bag of wool.
  1. (in the House of Lords) one of a number of cloth-covered seats or divans stuffed with wool, for the use of judges, especially one for the Lord Chancellor.
  2. the Lord Chancellor's office.
Origin of woolsack
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at wool, sack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A military lord rose to order, and appealed to the woolsack.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Do you not see a woolsack in store for you as you look upon these brave fellows?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • If he 'd have gone to the bar, he'd have ended on the woolsack.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • We'll have you on the woolsack yet, and we'll say no more about the other business.'

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • But I'm afraid it wouldn't do, even if I wrote them in secret, under the woolsack.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • "He was, certainly, when he was on the woolsack," said Sir Henry.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Emphatic words, which created a sensation round the woolsack.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • He was then, for the last time, solemnly cautioned from the woolsack.

  • I am a confessional on legs: there is no more a whisper in me than in a woolsack.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • When the woolsack has been reached there comes an end of doubt, and a beginning of ease.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for woolsack


a sack containing or intended to contain wool
(in Britain) the seat of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords, formerly made of a large square sack of wool
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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