A sack is a bag. In some parts of the country, store clerks put your stuff in a sack, but in other parts the same stuff goes in a bag. Sack is also an exciting verb.

While a sack is often just a bag, as a verb it can do a lot more. A boss might sack, or fire, an employee who’s no longer needed. In American football, if you sack a quarterback, you tackle him. This comes from the other meaning of sack, which is to raid and plunder a town, like when the Visigoths sacked Rome. If someone says they’re going to hit the sack, don’t worry, they’re just going to bed.

Definitions of sack
  1. noun
    a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
    synonyms: carrier bag, paper bag, poke
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    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
    type of:
    a flexible container with a single opening
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a sack
    synonyms: sackful
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    type of:
    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. noun
    an enclosed space
    synonyms: pocket, pouch, sac
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    type of:
    cavity, enclosed space
    space that is surrounded by something
  4. verb
    put in a sack
    “The grocer sacked the onions”
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    type of:
    case, encase, incase
    enclose in, or as if in, a case
  5. verb
    make as a net profit
    synonyms: clear, net, sack up
    bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    clear, net
    yield as a net profit
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    benefit, gain, profit
    derive a benefit from
  6. noun
    a woman's full loose hiplength jacket
    synonyms: sacque
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    type of:
    a short coat
  7. noun
    a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
    synonyms: chemise, shift
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    type of:
    dress, frock
    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
  8. noun
    a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily
    synonyms: hammock
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    type of:
    a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
  9. noun
    the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter
    “the sack of Rome”
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    type of:
    pillage, pillaging, plundering
    the act of stealing valuable things from a place
  10. verb
    plunder (a town) after capture
    “the barbarians sacked Rome”
    synonyms: plunder
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    type of:
    take by force
  11. noun
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    synonyms: discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sacking
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    the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
    conge, congee
    an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
    dismissal from office
    deactivation, inactivation
    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
    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
    an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  12. verb
    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    synonyms: can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, send away, terminate
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    employ, engage, hire
    engage or hire for work
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    make (someone) retire
    pension off
    let go from employment with an attractive pension
    clean out
    force out
    furlough, lay off
    dismiss, usually for economic reasons
    squeeze out
    force out
    dismiss, drop, send away, send packing
    stop associating with
    retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
    dismiss from work
    type of:
    remove from a position or an office
  13. noun
    any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry)
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    white wine
    pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins removed before fermentation
Commonly confused words

sac / sack

Both are containers, but a sac is for plants and animals, and a sack is for a sandwich. So spiders put their eggs in a sac, and people put their groceries in a sack.

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