from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coarse, stout woven cloth, such as burlap or gunny, used for making sacks; sackcloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cheap rough cloth such as would be used to make bags (sacks).
  • n. Firing or termination of an employee.
  • v. Present participle of sack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Stout, coarse cloth of which sacks, bags, etc., are made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. The act of plundering or pillaging, after storming and taking, as a house or a city.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  • n. coarse fabric used for bags or sacks


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The tongues of the bells he wrapped in sacking tied with grasses.

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  • He was wearing a very smooth line in Italian sacking and all that soot wouldn't be doing it any good at all but he didn't seem to care.

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  • Aside from how deeply I dislike the idea of sacking someone for talking about the creative process comics are apparently like sausages and laws: if you like the finished product, you should never find out how they're made, it's of interest to me, of course, because McDuffie directly namechecks Black Canary.

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  • "Durrani was working an American agenda, and his sacking was a step in right direction," said Gen. Aslam Beg, a former chief of army staff.

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  • But with the outrage yielding some of the most violent attacks the Middle East has seen lately (outside of Iraq, that is) - namely the sacking of the Danish consulate in Beirut and of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus - the protesters have gotten what they clearly are after: a closer look from the Western media.

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  • Mr. Harkness used a method of breaking horses called sacking out.

    Plain Language

  • The White House has said the idea of sacking federal prosecutors came from Harriet Miers, who replaced Gonzales as White House counsel after his cabinet promotion.

    CNN Transcript Mar 15, 2007

  • Cabal or no cabal there is one, of course, and it convened shortly before her sacking, that is… way over the line.

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  • The art historian and archaeologist John Malcolm Russell on The Connection ... just called the sacking of Baghdad's museums The greatest catastrophe ever to befall a cultural institution in the history of the world.

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  • She told the inquiry there was no doubt the sacking was the result of what happened with Macpherson.

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