give (someone) the sack

Definition of give (someone) the sack

informal
:to dismiss (someone) suddenly from a job :to fire (someone)
  • The company gave him the sack for improper conduct.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

sack play
  1. : a usually rectangular-shaped bag (as of paper, burlap, or canvas)

  2. : the amount contained in a sack

  3. : a woman's loose-fitting dress

  1. : to put in or as if in a sack

  2. : to dismiss especially summarily

  3. : to tackle (the quarterback) behind the line of scrimmage in football

  1. : any of several white wines imported to England from Spain and the Canary Islands during the 16th and 17th centuries

  1. : to plunder (a place, such as a town) especially after capture

  2. : to strip of valuables : loot

  1. : the plundering of a captured town


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