a large bag of strong, coarsely woven material, as for grain, potatoes, or coal.
the amount a sack holds.
a bag: a sack of candy.
the sack, Informal. dismissal or discharge, as from a job: to get the sack.
the sack, Slang. bed, often as the site of sexual activity: It's past noon, but I bet that lazybones is still in the sack.If you want the relationship to be more than just a night in the sack, you have to work at it.
Also sacque .
a loose-fitting dress, as a gown with a Watteau back, especially one fashionable in the late 17th century and much of the 18th century.
a loose-fitting coat, jacket, or cape.
Baseball. a base.
South Midland U.S. the udder of a cow.
to put into a sack or sacks.
Football. to tackle (the quarterback) behind the line of scrimmage before the quarterback is able to throw a pass.
Informal. to dismiss or discharge, as from a job.
sack out, Slang. to go to bed; fall asleep.
Idioms about sack
hit the sack, Slang. to go to bed; go to sleep: He never hits the sack before midnight.
leave holding the sack. bag (def. 30).
- sack·like, adjective
- sac, sack , sacque
Other definitions for sack (2 of 3)
to pillage or loot after capture; plunder: to sack a city.
the plundering of a captured place; pillage: the sack of Troy.
Other definitions for sack (3 of 3)
a strong light-colored wine formerly imported from Spain and the Canary Islands.
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How to use sack in a sentence
If Watson takes more sacks, it isn’t necessarily evidence that his offensive line does a worse job of protecting him.Scheme (And Sacks) Might Be All That Separate Patrick Mahomes And Deshaun Watson | Josh Hermsmeyer | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Some have argued that Watson’s higher career sack total is proof of a more challenging team environment, but research strongly suggests that sacks are something over which a QB has the most control.Scheme (And Sacks) Might Be All That Separate Patrick Mahomes And Deshaun Watson | Josh Hermsmeyer | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
New England easily led the NFL in interception rate and ranked sixth in sack rate.Newton Can Replace Brady, But Can The Pats Replace Half Of Their Defense? | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | September 3, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
How to clean a jute sackBy the time you get them, your coffee sacks will have travelled halfway around the world, if not further, so don’t be surprised if they are hard-used, wrinkled, and a bit dirty.
If you’re visiting your roaster in person, you’ll likely be able to pick out whatever sacks you want, but if you buy them online, you’ll probably just get a random assortment.
You, dear reader and refusenik, will likely be called a cynic or a sad sack by friends.
Listen, I took a pretty hard shot to the sack with that crash.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal | Melissa Leon | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last Sunday, he suited up for the Panthers, registering one sack and four tackles.
For a moment, I measured the risk of carrying that sack in public.
In order to prove his Ironborn status, he decides to lead a mini army to sack a depleted Winterfell when they least expect it.Game of Thrones’ 8 Most Gruesome Deaths: From The Mountain’s Exploding Head Kill to Rat Torture | Marlow Stern | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fighting section of the Filipinos was intensely irritated at not having been allowed to enter and sack the capital.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The rope from his middle, a bottle of sack from his bosom, and a link of hog's puddings, pulled out of his left sleeve.The Battle of Hexham; | George Colman
She has a grey body, plump as a sack of meal, with little white speckles, a funny neck and such a small head with a tuft on top.Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
Each bore upon his back a great Chimra, heavy as a sack of coal, or as the equipment of a foot-soldier of Rome.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
Talked all night about burros, gasoline, & camphor balls which he seemed wanting to buy in gunny sack.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for sack (1 of 3)
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
a woman's loose tube-shaped dress
Also called: sacque a 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 batsman: Also 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
informal to dismiss from employment
to put into a sack or sacks
- sacklike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for sack (2 of 3)
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
(tr) to plunder and partially destroy (a place)
American football to tackle and bring down a quarterback before he has passed the ball
- sacker, noun
British Dictionary definitions for sack (3 of 3)
archaic or trademark any dry white wine formerly imported into Britain from SW Europe
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sack
In addition to the idiom beginning with sack
- sack out
- get the ax (sack)
- hit the hay (sack)
- sad sack
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