sacking

Definitions

  • Sacking the Rear
    Sacking the Rear
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sacking the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    • n sacking coarse fabric used for bags or sacks
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Nothing on But a Flour Sack 119 Nothing on But a Flour Sack 119
Two Thieves with Sack Two Thieves with Sack

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dickens grew up in extreme poverty. At the age of 10, his father was sent to debtor's prison, his mother forced into menial labor, this brothers and sisters worked in factories, and Dickens himself had to tie and label sacks of lamp black. He would later draw on these experiences in his novels.
    • n Sacking Stout, coarse cloth of which sacks, bags, etc., are made.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee sacks are usually made of hemp and weigh approximately 132 pounds when they are full of green coffee beans. It takes over 600,000 beans to fill a coffee sack.
    • n sacking A coarse fabric of hemp or flax, of which sacks, bags, etc., are made: also used for other purposes where strength and durability are required. Compare sacking-bottomed.
    • n sacking The act of plundering or pillaging, after storming and taking, as a house or a city.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hacky Sack was invented by a football player in the mid 1970's who used it to stregthen tendons he had torn in his knee.
    • Sacking coarse cloth or canvas for sacks, bed-bottoms, &c
    • Sacking the storming and pillaging of a town
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Quotations

  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “It is easier to guard a sack full of fleas than a girl in love.”

Idioms

Hit the sack - When you hit the sack, you go to bed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sæccing, from sæcc, sack, bag
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sac, a sack, plunder (saccager, to sack)—L. saccus, a sack.

Usage

In literature:

They drank 'Sack with Clove-gilly-flowers' at the "Mermaid," I am sure.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Pete eyed this breach of etiquette sternly, and received the sack back, all but empty.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
A stuffed sack can be used in place of a ball in this game.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
I've got 'em all sacked and ready to weigh, and I sha'n't be to home after to-day.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Other military successes followed, including the sacking of Opis and Kish, which assured the supremacy of Lagash for many years.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Lacroix was bending over a great heap of sacks, piled almost to the roof.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
They flew on and on, and looked down, and there was a man carrying a sack full of bread on his back.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
This offer has been accepted, and the man has been given a sackful of dollars from Prince Su's treasure-rooms.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
The gold sacks had been sealed by the express company with wax.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Shortly after he had gone the gaoler came to my cell with a sack of fresh straw to serve as a mattress.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
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In poetry:

"Go empty all thy sacks of grain
Into the nearest sea,
And never show thy face again
To make a mock of me."
"The Proud Lady" by Henry Van Dyke
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
Homer, this health to thee,
In sack of such a kind
That it would make thee see
Though thou wert ne'er so blind.
"To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses" by Robert Herrick
He burned a hole in frozen muck,
He pierced the icy mould,
And there in six-foot dirt he struck
A sack or so of gold.
"The Yukoner" by Robert W Service
Yet not the wishèd death,
That hathe noe plainte nor lacke,
Which, making free the better parte,
Is onely nature's sacke.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
The West's astir, the binders whirr
Around the settler's shack;
The threshers hum, lest winter come
Before the wheat's in sack.
"The Orgy Of Thor" by Abner Cosens

In news:

Sacked Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who battled organized crime in Chongqing .
Jessica Van Sack, Boston Herald.
Dallas Pro Bowl outside linebacker and NFL sack leader DeMarcus Ware faced Colombo plenty in practice.
Francis's sack dance, on Saturday.
Had a quarterback sack, another tackle that resulted in a 13-yard loss and two quarterback hurries.
Washington State's Jeff Tuel (10) is sacked by Arizona State's Brandon Magee, left, as teammate Junior Onyeali (5) watches during the first half in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov 17, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.
The fact that the defense is the only unit in the league without a sack doesn't seem to worry Phillips much.
More than anything, Thursday night's game was about the struggles of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who found himself on the turf more in the game's first 21 minutes than he did when he was sacked twice in a Week 1 win.
Astros sack manager Mills, two coaches after 12-4 drubbing from D'backs.
HP's WebOS Purge Continues with Sacking of 275 Staffers.
The Eagles sacked them five times, and that was impressive enough.
A Backstory to Today's City of Cudahy Sacking .
No Silver Bullets @ MySpace: Sacking Chris & Tom Was Easy.
It was the first of three sacks the Jets generated against Marino that day -- the first multiple- sack game they had produced against him since 1993 -- and it helped launch their season.
Sad-sack Buffalo Bills poised to make 'big steps.
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In science:

Below we formulate several properties of P that guarantee that the proof of minimality for Sacks forcing generalizes to forcing with P .
Simple Complete Boolean Algebras
We will define P so that P adds Sacks generics ηǫ (ǫ ∈ µ) and forces that c∀ (fǫ , gǫ ) = κǫ for the (fǫ , gǫ ) defined by ηǫ .
Even more simple cardinal invariants
Sacks [1976] Countable admissible ordinals and hyperdegrees, Advances in Math.
Ordinal Recursion Theory
With these notation, let us state the following proposition without proof, as it is just a special case of Theorem 2 of Chernoff and Section V of Kiefer and Sacks .
Decentralized Two-Sided Sequential Tests for A Normal Mean
Sacks, “Asymptotically optimal sequent ial inference and design,” Ann.
Decentralized Two-Sided Sequential Tests for A Normal Mean
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