give the sack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give the sack terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position "The boss fired his secretary today","The company terminated 25% of its workers"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Give the sack to dismiss
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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:

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
Let's descend; you've not eaten, and the good sack will give you strength.
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
He paused inside to give them bills from the paper sack.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
He shamed the stingiest man in the town into giving him a flour sack full of the most disgraceful-looking candy I ever saw.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
You have had the purse long enough; give it to me now, or else you shall always stay in the 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
Lawrence (Thomas) on "giving the sack," 585.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
However large the sack may be in which you bring the clods, just so large will be the sack of corn I will give you in return.
"The Tower of Dago" by Mór Jókai
Give me two sacks of that wheat; the rest shall be thine.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
Give me two sacks of that wheat; the rest shall be thine.
"Moody's Stories" by Dwight Lyman Moody
Of course the governor thinks a lot of you, and he'd put up with a thing in you which he'd give me the sack for right off.
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
I have here a letter giving Krogstad the sack.
"Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen - A Collection of Some of the Master's Best Known Dramas" by F. Anstey
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
He did not count the sacks he was giving me, but only those remaining behind; which left me one bag short.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I" by James H. Mapleson
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
Master'd give me the sack myself.
"Wild Adventures in Wild Places" by Gordon Stables
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
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In poetry:

God, when he made each separate
Unfashioned his own act,
Giving the lover eyes,
So his love’s soul be sacked.
"Lovers" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
And I thought it was good of the Sergeant
For he might have got me the sack
And I felt that I must give him something
So I gave him his overcoat back.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett

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 .
The firm gives "Gold in Sacks," stickers "a failing grade for originality," but we think they're kind of cool.
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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In science:

Geschke and Quickert give full and detailed proofs of the 2–localization property for both CS products and CS iterations of the Sacks forcing D2 (and those proofs can be easily rewritten for n–localization property and Dn ).
n-localization property
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