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woolsack

[woo l-sak] /ˈwʊlˌsæk/
noun
1.
a sack or bag of wool.
2.
British.
  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
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at wool, sack1
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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

woolsack

/ˈwʊlˌsæk/
noun
1.
a sack containing or intended to contain wool
2.
(in Britain) the seat of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords, formerly made of a large square sack of wool
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