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sack

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[ sak ]
/ sæk /
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noun
verb (used with object)
Verb Phrases
sack out, Slang. to go to bed; fall asleep.
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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).

Origin of sack

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First recorded before 1000; 1940–45 for def. 5; Middle English noun sak, sak(k)e Old English sacc, from Latin saccus “bag, sack, sackcloth,” from Greek sákkos “bag made from goat hair, sieve, burlap, large cloak (as for a wedding dress),” from Semitic; compare Hebrew, Phoenician śaq “cloth made of hair, bag, mourning dress”

regional variations of sack

See bag.

OTHER WORDS FROM sack

sacklike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sack

sac, sack , sacque

Other definitions for sack (2 of 3)

sack2
[ sak ]
/ sæk /

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

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

synonym study for sack

1. See rob.

Other definitions for sack (3 of 3)

sack3
[ sak ]
/ sæk /

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

Origin of sack

3
First recorded in 1525–35; from French (vin ) sec “dry (wine),” from Latin siccus “dry”; cf. sec1
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British Dictionary definitions for sack (1 of 3)

sack1
/ (sæk) /

noun
verb (tr)
informal to dismiss from employment
to put into a sack or sacks

Derived forms of sack

sacklike, adjective

Word Origin for sack

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

British Dictionary definitions for sack (2 of 3)

sack2
/ (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 forms of sack

sacker, 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 sack (3 of 3)

sack3
/ (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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