get the sack

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • get the sack to discharge, or be discharged, from employment; to jilt, or be jilted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Get the sack to be dismissed or rejected
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sacc—L. saccus—Gr. sakkos—Heb. saq, a coarse cloth or garment, prob. Egyptian.

Usage

In literature:

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
Right now, I'm ordering you to hit the sack and get some rest.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
Help me get him o' my back like a sack, and I'll run him up to the house i' no time.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
I shall get the sack if this is found out.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Just 'old 'im tight and quiet till you get the flannel bag on 'is head, and then stand by till I've sacked the swag.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
He is as like to get the sack as you are.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
But when he gets into a sack coat and derby hat I'm bettin' that maybe we'll fetch up somewheres on the East Side.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
He gets the first sack of bullion up and then quits, too weak to do any more.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Sugar may be well secured in India-rubber or gutta-percha sacks, or so placed in the wagon as not to risk getting wet.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
Anne had heard him say with her own ears that the next time Tuvvy broke out, he would get the sack.
"Black, White and Gray" by Amy Walton
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In poetry:

The talk was done, the numbers up, the boss had won the day,
An' we were ready to go back an' earn our bit of pay;
When Murray in a mad black rage, goes on to rave an' shout.
"You're sacked," the old man tells him plain. "I've had enough. Get Out!"
"Murray's Ride" by C J Dennis

In news:

Bill Belichick has said in the past that the "sack" statistic is overrated, in part because the player who gets the sack often isn't the one who produced the initial pressure.
But keep in mind, a sack is a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit, so a defender who gets to the quarterback gets a three for one.
Champion forces a sack/fumble of Manziel to get the ball at its own 25 with 3:37 left.
The Jaguars have an NFL-low two sacks through four games and have failed to get an opposing quarterback to the ground the last three weeks.
Geno Smith (getting sacked) and West Virginia have found out this season that it's tough sledding in the Big 12.
That is a fantastic rush when you can get held and still get the sack.
Michael Vick spent most of Monday night running for his life and getting sacked by the New Orleans Saints.
After Vrabel scored the ninth touchdown of his career in Monday night's victory over Cincinnati, Watson joked that he wants a chance to rush the passer and get a sack.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said Tuesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night's win against Kansas City.
For all of you moms getting ready to start the school routine again, throw some of the cinnamon covered biscuits on the waffle iron while making those sack lunches.
The Lions' Ndamukong Suh gets most of the attention after his 10-sack rookie season.
Oklahoma State's Nigel Nicholas gets to Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege for one of three sacks on the afternoon for the OSU defense.
The Broncos' Elvis Dumervil sacks Chargers QB Philip Rivers and causes a fumble, which gets returned for a touchdown.
Tips on how to get her back in the sack.
When the ball is snapped, Eli Manning relies on a strong offensive line to keep from getting sacked when the linebackers blitz.
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