Definition of “sack” - English Dictionary

“sack” in British English

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uk /sæk/ us /sæk/


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


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 sexually skilled/not sexually skilled.

sackverb [ T ]

uk /sæk/ 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.

More examples

  • You can be sacked on the spot for stealing.
  • They've just sacked half their workforce.
  • Her manager was sacked last month.
  • I've never been sacked from a job.
  • They can't sack you for refusing.

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 amount contained 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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uk /sæk/ us

[ 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 strong paper or plastic bag used to carry things bought in a food store:

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 job right, I'll get the sack.
give sb the sack Her repeated unexplained absences led her manager to give her the sack.
face the sack
earn sb the sack The company's poor sales figures finally earned Miller the sack.

sackverb [ T ]

uk /sæk/ us UK US fire

HR, WORKPLACE to make someone leave their job, especially because they have done something wrong:

Walters was the first of the senior staff 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)

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