sack

1
[ sak ]
/ sæk /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

sack out, Slang. to go to bed; fall asleep.

Idioms

    hit the sack, Slang. to go to bed; go to sleep: He never hits the sack before midnight.
    leave holding the sack. bag(def 28).

Origin of sack

1
before 1000; 1940–45 for def 5; Middle English sak (noun), sakken (v.), Old English sacc (noun) < Latin saccus bag, sackcloth < Greek sákkos < Semitic; compare Hebrew śaq
Related formssack·like, adjective
Can be confusedbag sac sack sacque

Regional variation note

See bag.
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the sack (1 of 3)

sack

1
/ (sæk) /

noun

verb (tr)

informal to dismiss from employment
to put into a sack or sacks
Derived Formssacklike, adjective

Word Origin for sack

Old English sacc, from Latin saccus bag, from Greek sakkos; related to Hebrew saq

British Dictionary definitions for hit the sack (2 of 3)

sack

2
/ (sæk) /

noun

the plundering of a place by an army or mob, usually involving destruction, slaughter, etc
American football a tackle on a quarterback which brings him down before he has passed the ball

verb

(tr) to plunder and partially destroy (a place)
American football to tackle and bring down a quarterback before he has passed the ball
Derived Formssacker, noun

Word Origin for sack

C16: from French phrase mettre à sac, literally: to put (loot) in a sack, from Latin saccus sack 1

British Dictionary definitions for hit the sack (3 of 3)

sack

3
/ (sæk) /

noun

archaic or trademark any dry white wine formerly imported into Britain from SW Europe

Word Origin for sack

C16 wyne seck, from French vin sec dry wine, from Latin siccus dry
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Idioms and Phrases with hit the sack (1 of 2)

hit the sack


see hit the hay.

Idioms and Phrases with hit the sack (2 of 2)

sack


In addition to the idiom beginning with sack

  • sack out

also see:

  • get the ax (sack)
  • hit the hay (sack)
  • sad sack
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