sack

1
[sak]
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noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

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

Nearby words

  1. sachs,
  2. sachs, hans,
  3. sachs, nelly,
  4. sachsen,
  5. sachsen-anhalt,
  6. sack coat,
  7. sack dress,
  8. sack out,
  9. sack race,
  10. sack suit

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.

sack

2
[sak]

verb (used with object)

to pillage or loot after capture; plunder: to sack a city.

noun

the plundering of a captured place; pillage: the sack of Troy.

Origin of sack

2
1540–50; < Middle French phrase mettre à sac to put to pillage; sac, in this sense < Italian sacco looting, loot, shortened form of saccomano < Middle High German sakman pillager (conformed to sacco sack1)

SYNONYMS FOR sack
1. spoil, despoil. See rob. 2. looting; destruction, ruin.

sack

3
[sak]

noun

a strong light-colored wine formerly imported from Spain and the Canary Islands.

Origin of sack

3
1525–35; < French (vin) sec dry (wine) < Latin siccus dry; cf. sec1

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British Dictionary definitions for sack

sack

1

noun

a large bag made of coarse cloth, thick paper, etc, used as a container
Also called: sackful the amount contained in a sack, sometimes used as a unit of measurement
  1. a woman's loose tube-shaped dress
  2. Also called: sacquea woman's full loose hip-length jacket, worn in the 18th and mid-20th centuries
short for rucksack
cricket, Australian a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsmanAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): bye
the sack informal dismissal from employment
a slang word for bed
hit the sack slang to go to bed
rough as sacks NZ uncouth

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

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

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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Word Origin and History for sack
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Idioms and Phrases with sack

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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