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definition of the word sack

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From Old English sacc (bag), sæcc (sackcloth) < Proto-Germanic *sakkiz (sack) < Latin saccus (large bag) < Ancient Greek σάκκος (sakkos), bag of coarse cloth) < Hebrew שק (saq), sack, sackcloth).



sack (plural sacks)

  1. A bag; especially a large bag of strong, coarse material for storage and handling of various commodities, such as potatoes, coal, coffee; or, a bag with handles used at a supermarket, a grocery sack; or, a small bag for small items, a satchel.
  2. The amount a sack holds; also, an archaic or historical measure of varying capacity, depending on commodity type and according to local usage; an old English measure of weight, usually of wool, equal to 13 stone (182 pounds).
    • The American sack of salt is 215 pounds; the sack of wheat, two bushels. — McElrath.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, page 209
      Generally, however, the stone or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the sack of thirteen stone.
  3. (uncountable) The plunder and pillaging of a captured town or city.
    The sack of Rome.
  4. (uncountable) Loot or booty obtained by pillage.
  5. (American football) A successful tackle of the quarterback. See verb sense3 below.
  6. (informal) Dismissal from employment, or discharge from a position, usually as give (someone) the sack or get the sack. See verb sense4 below.
    The boss is gonna give her the sack today.
    He got the sack for being late all the time.
  7. (colloquial, US) Bed; usually as hit the sack or in the sack. See also sack out.
  8. (vulgar, slang) The scrotum.
    He got passed the ball, but it hit him in the sack.

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