Word of the Day: sack

Word of the Day
May 4, 2016
sack (noun, verb)
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A sack of potatoes
A sack is a large and strong bag, and the amount that bag can hold. In more colloquial terms, it means 'bed.' As a verb, sack means 'to put in a sack,' but informally, in UK English, it also means 'to dismiss someone from a job.'

 

Example sentences
 
The farm workers loaded the potatoes into the sacks.
We used a whole sack of oats to feed the horses.
I normally stay in the sack until at least 11 am on Sundays.
The wheat was harvested and sacked before being sold.
Melanie's boss sacked her when he found out that she had been stealing from the firm.

 

Multi-word forms
 
hit the sack: go to bed. Example: "I'm exhausted; I'm going to hit the sack now." We can also use the similar term hit the hay to mean the same thing (hay is dried grass and people used to sleep on it). 
get the sack (UK): get fired. Example: "Joe got the sack because he turned up late every day."
 
Did you know?
 
The sack race is a common event at children's sports days. Participants have to put both their legs into a sack, which they hold up around their waists with their hands, then they have to race each other to the finish line, with their legs still in the sacks.
 
Other forms
 
sackful (noun)
 
Origin
 
Sack dates back to before 1000, although its meaning as a colloquial word for 'bed' did not appear until the early 1940s. The noun comes from the Middle English word sak, the Old English word sacc, and the Latin word saccus, meaning 'bag or sackcloth' and the Greek word sákkos, meaning 'Semitic.' The verb comes from the Middle English word sakken. It is similar to the Hebrew word śaq.
 
 
 
 
 
Sack in other languages
 
 
 
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