To give the sack to

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To give the sack to to discharge, or be discharged, from employment; to jilt, or be jilted.
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Usage

In literature:

She answered him in the same strain, and the count had to separate them and give the coachman the sack.
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
Don't betray me to Herbert, or I'll give us the sack.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
He paused inside to give them bills from the paper sack.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
He's so confoundedly devoted to me that if I were to give him the sack he would fly at my throat.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
Behind them on the wool sacks sit the justices, who may be called upon to give legal advice, e.g.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Get in a double lot of cakes to-morrow, do you hear, or I shall give you the sack.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
The ball was handled a bit too slowly, giving the Oakdale lad time to reach the sack by the narrowest margin.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
Willingly or unwillingly, he had to give up the purse in order to get out of the accursed sack.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
I give them the sacks to keep for a while after I left the store.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
The lucky ones were soon able, however, to fill a few gunny-sacks and then give the others a chance.
"The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry" by Samuel H. Fletcher
We, for our part, behaved no better, except that we had brought sacks in which to carry the shelterless bees home, and give them an abode.
"The Backwoodsman" by Various
And he sent word to his men to fill their sacks with corn, and to put back the price in each sack, and to give them food to eat on the way.
"Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading" by Josephine Pollard
I wonder when our general will give the order to begin the sack?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 392, June, 1848" by Various
I had visions of the sacking of the old family driver, and all because I had not known how much of a gratuity to give him.
"Just Irish" by Charles Battell Loomis
I helped Rupert, took him into my own office; but afterwards I had to give him the sack.
"The Girls of St. Wode's" by L. T. Meade
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In news:

Malzewski classified sacks and scrambles as passing plays to give us the most accurate view possible.
We've teamed up with the Genesee County Compassion Club to give you a chance to win a gift from Santa's Sack .
IRVING, Texas – Elias decided to split the fourth-quarter sack of Philadelphia's Nick Foles between Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware, giving Ware a streak of seven games with at least a half-sack.
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