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woolsack

[woo l-sak]
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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.
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Origin of woolsack

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wool, sack1
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Examples from the Web for woolsack

Historical Examples

  • 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.'

  • But I'm afraid it wouldn't do, even if I wrote them in secret, under the Woolsack.


British Dictionary definitions for woolsack

woolsack

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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