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noun (1)

sack·​ing ˈsa-kiŋ How to pronounce sacking (audio)
plural sackings
: an act of dismissal from employment or an office
Days before the sacking, the trio drew up a list of candidate-heirs.Andrew Meier
Is it any wonder that so many nanny jobs end in blowups and abrupt sackings?Caitlin Flanagan


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noun (2)

plural sackings
: an act or action of plundering or vanquishing
the sacking of Rome
One society leader compared the sight to the sacking of Versailles.Louisa Thomas


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noun (3)

: material for sacks
especially : a coarse fabric (such as burlap)

Examples of sacking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
As a result, the council was forced to make drastic cost cuts, resulting in the sacking of 600 staff, closure of community centers, reduction of household waste collections, and even turning down the brightness of its streetlights. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 3 May 2024 Neither Diniz nor Fluminense have yet reacted to the sacking. Mauricio Savarese, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 The surprise sacking and rapid reinstatement of OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman gave the company an embarrassing emperor-has-no-clothes moment. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 For many historians, the sacking marked the end of five centuries of cultural and scientific flourishing—the Islamic Golden Age. Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 The recent on-off sacking of Sam Altman from OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company behind ChatGPT, is yet another example of how there appears to be nowhere quite like Silicon Valley for getting itself in a mess over corporate governance. Roger Trapp, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Key Facts Foreign Secretary James Cleverly was appointed as the U.K.’s new Home Secretary following Braverman’s sacking, the British Prime Minister’s office announced. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 With the situation now apparently resolved in the interests of OpenAI’s shareholders, co-founder Greg Brockman, who had briefly resigned as chairman in protest of Altman’s sacking, attempted to put on a brave face. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 But the other big development of the day — the sacking of Braverman — surprised no one. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1906, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1553, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sacking was in 1553

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Cite this Entry

“Sacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


sack·​ing ˈsak-iŋ How to pronounce sacking (audio)
: strong rough cloth from which sacks are made
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