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sack

noun uk   /sæk/ us  

sack noun (BAG)

C1 [C] a large bag made of strong cloth, paper, or plastic, used to store large amounts of something: The corn was stored in large sacks. a sack of potatoes/coal/flour [C] US a paper or plastic bag used to carry things bought in a food shop: a sack of groceries

sack noun (JOB)

the sack B2 a situation in which someone is removed from their job: They gave him the sack for being late. Two workers got the sack for fighting in the warehouse.

sack noun (STEAL)

[S] the act of stealing all the valuable things from a town and sometimes destroying the town, during a war: The sack (= destruction) of Rome by the Visigoths occurred in the fifth century.

sack noun (BED)

the sack [S] US informal bed: It's late - I'm going to hit the sack (= go to bed). He came home and found Judy and Brad in the sack (= in bed) together. in the sack US informal If someone is good/bad in the sack, they are sexually skilled/not sexually skilled.

sack

verb [T] uk   /sæk/ us  

sack verb [T] (JOB)

B2 to remove someone from a job, usually because they have done something wrong or badly, or sometimes as a way of saving the cost of employing them: They sacked her for being late. He got sacked from his last job.

sack verb [T] (STEAL)

to steal all the valuable things from a building, town, etc., and possibly destroy the building or town, usually during a war: The invaders sacked every village they passed on their route.
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