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- sachet - Etymologically, a "little sack"—a small packet of perfumed matter.
- cul-de-sac - Literally French for "bottom of a sack," it also means "situation from which there is no escape"; it can be pluralized as cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac.
- gunny - From Sanskrit goni, "sack," it is the material used for sacks, made from jute or sunn-hemp.
- haversack, knapsack, rucksack - Haversack is from German Haber, "oats," and Sack, "bag, sack"; knapsack is from German knapper, "to bite (food)" and zak, "sack"; rucksack comes from German Rucken, "back," and sack.
A sack is a large container made of rough woven material. Sacks are used to carry and store things such as potatoes and coal.
In British English, you do not use sack to refer to a small container made of paper, or to a container with handles for putting shopping or personal possessions in. Containers like these are called bags.
In American English, sack can be used to describe a small container made of paper.
You also do not use sack to refer to the parts of your clothes in which you carry money and other small articles. These parts are called pockets.
Past participle: sacked
|Noun||1.||sack - a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases|
bag - a flexible container with a single opening; "he stuffed his laundry into a large bag"
doggie bag, doggy bag - a bag for food that a customer did not eat at a restaurant; the transparent pretense is that the food is taken home to feed the customer's dog
grocery bag - a sack for holding customer's groceries
|2.||sack - an enclosed space; "the trapped miners found a pocket of air"|
|3.||sack - the quantity contained in a sack|
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
|4.||sack - any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry)|
white wine - pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins removed before fermentation
|5.||sack - a woman's full loose hiplength jacket|
jacket - a short coat
|6.||sack - a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily|
bed - a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; "he sat on the edge of the bed"; "the room had only a bed and chair"
|7.||sack - a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist|
|8.||sack - the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter; "the sack of Rome"|
|9.||sack - the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)|
superannuation - the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
removal - dismissal from office
honorable discharge - a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
dishonorable discharge - a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
Section Eight - a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
|Verb||1.||sack - plunder (a town) after capture; "the barbarians sacked Rome"|
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
|2.||sack - terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"|
give notice, give the axe, give the sack, send away, can, force out, displace, fire, dismiss, terminate
retire - make (someone) retire; "The director was retired after the scandal"
pension off - let go from employment with an attractive pension; "The director was pensioned off when he got senile"
clean out - force out; "The new boss cleaned out the lazy workers"
furlough, lay off - dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"
squeeze out - force out; "Some employees were squeezed out by the recent budget cuts"
remove - remove from a position or an office
|3.||sack - make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"|
earn, realise, pull in, bring in, realize, gain, make, take in, clear - earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
|4.||sack - put in a sack; "The grocer sacked the onions"|
a sack of potatoes → un saco de patatas
to look like a sack of potatoes → parecer un saco de patatas
he got the sack → lo despidieron
to give sb the sack → despedir or echar a algn