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"sack" in British English

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sacknoun

uk   us   /sæk/
  • sack noun (BAG)

C1 [C] a ​largebag made of ​strongcloth, ​paper, or ​plastic, used to ​storelargeamounts of something: The ​corn was ​stored in ​large sacks. a sack ofpotatoes/​coal/​flour [C] US a ​paper or ​plasticbag used to ​carry things, ​especially things ​bought in a ​foodshop: a sack of ​groceries
  • sack noun (JOB)

the sack B2 [S] UK a ​situation in which someone is ​removed from ​theirjob: They gave him the sack for being late. Two ​workers got the sack forfighting in the ​warehouse.
  • sack noun (IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL)

in American ​football, an ​attack on the quarterback that ​prevents him from ​throwing the ​ball: The Colts have ​allowed only six sacks this ​season.
  • sack noun (BED)

the sack [S] mainly 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 mainly US informal If someone is good/​bad in the sack, they are ​sexuallyskilled/not ​sexuallyskilled.

sackverb [T]

uk   us   /sæk/
  • sack verb [T] (JOB)

B2 mainly UK (US usually fire) 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.

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  • sack verb [T] (IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL)

in American ​football, to ​attack the quarterback in ​order to ​prevent him from ​throwing the ​ball: The ​quarterback was sacked only ​once and ​completed 16 out of 23 ​passes.
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(Definition of sack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sack" in American English

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sacknoun [C]

 us   /sæk/
  • sack noun [C] (BAG)

a ​bag, or the ​amountcontained in a ​bag: plastic sacks a sack of ​flour

sackverb [T]

 us   /sæk/
  • sack verb [T] (FOOTBALL)

(in ​football) to ​bring the other team’s ​quarterback to the ​ground before he can ​complete a ​play
  • sack verb [T] (STEAL)

to ​steal all the ​valuable things from a ​place and ​destroy it, usually during a ​war: Villages were sacked and ​burned by the raiders.
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(Definition of sack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sack" in Business English

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sacknoun

uk   us   /sæk/
[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 sth The men ​carry 100-pound sacks of coffee on their ​backs.
[C] US a ​strongpaper or ​plasticbag used to ​carry things ​bought in a ​foodstore: a sack of ​groceries
the sack [S] UK HR, WORKPLACE a ​situation in which you are told by your ​employer that you must ​leave your ​job, especially because you have done something wrong: get the sack If I don't do the ​jobright, I'll get the sack.give sb the sack Her repeated unexplained ​absencesled her ​manager to give her the sack. face the sackearn sb the sack The company's ​poorsalesfiguresfinallyearned Miller the sack.

sackverb [T]

uk   us   /sæk/ UK ( US fire)
HR, WORKPLACE to make someone ​leave their ​job, especially because they have done something wrong: Walters was the first of the ​seniorstaff to be sacked by the new ​editor. Do ​shareholders have the ​right to sack the entire ​board of ​directors?
(Definition of sack from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sack”
in Korean 부대자루…
in Arabic جِوال, زَكيبة…
in Malaysian pundi, kantung…
in French sac…
in Russian мешок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 袋子, 大布袋, 麻袋…
in Italian sacco…
in Turkish çuval, büyük torba…
in Polish worek…
in Spanish saco…
in Vietnamese bao tải…
in Portuguese saco…
in Thai กระสอบ…
in German der Sack…
in Catalan sac…
in Japanese ずだ袋, 大袋…
in Chinese (Simplified) 袋子, 大布袋, 麻袋…
in Indonesian karung…
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