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1. A sack for wool.
2. The official seat of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords.
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1. (Textiles) a sack containing or intended to contain wool
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) the seat of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords, formerly made of a large square sack of wool
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Brit. (in the House of Lords) one of a number of cloth-covered seats or divans stuffed with wool, for the use of judges.
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[ˈwʊlsæk] N the Woolsack (Brit) (Parl) → saco m de lana (silla del Gran Canciller en la Cámara de los Lores)
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Pocket: who was also in the first bloom of youth, and not quite decided whether to mount to the Woolsack, or to roof himself in with a mitre.
The post of honour and the post of shame, the general's station and the drummer's, a peer's statue in Westminster Abbey and a seaman's hammock in the bosom of the deep, the mitre and the workhouse, the woolsack and the gallows, the throne and the guillotine--the travellers to all are on the great high road, but it has wonderful divergencies, and only Time shall show us whither each traveller is bound.
"You couldn't leave us now if you were on the Woolsack. Play, Orpheus!
Such a mind has Mr Eugene Wrayburn, whom Twemlow finds contemplating Tippins with the moodiest of visages, while that playful creature rallies him on being so long overdue at the woolsack. Skittish is Tippins with Mortimer Lightwood too, and has raps to give him with her fan for having been best man at the nuptials of these deceiving what's- their-names who have gone to pieces.
Micawber saw himself, in his judicial mind's eye, on the woolsack. He passed his hand complacently over his bald head, and said with ostentatious resignation:
Moreover I have dipped in and out of the Parliamentary Channel over many years and can confirm Mr Mercer's observation that it is "boring stuff" - especially the House of Lords which at times has only two speakers plus the Woolsack. I think ordinary Joes like myself would liken it to watching paint dry!
Is the Woolsack located in the House of Lords or the House of Commons?
The bar closed in December following a fight between two male parliamentary staffers but reopened as wine bar The Woolsack with reduced opening hours.
Now those days are gone and the old place has been reopened and rebranded as The Woolsack. I called a mate who's been in it and asked him what it was like.
The political parties are largely silent on North of Tyne devolution because the official paperwork is stuck on a woolsack in Westminster, but barring a snap general election, there will be a mayoral election in May 2019.
Westminster's equivalent to the 'mile high club' is to have had 'it' on the Woolsack in the House of Lords.