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Topic: AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Sense: 1-2,4
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: SACK1
Sense: 3
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: sack 'destruction of and stealing from a town' (16-21 centuries), from French sac ( SAC), in the phrase mettre A sac 'put in the bag', from Italian mettere a sacco

sack

2 verb
     
sack2 [transitive]
1 British English informal to dismiss someone from their job [= fire]:
They couldn't sack me - I'd done nothing wrong.
sack somebody from something
He was sacked from every other job he had.
sack somebody for (doing) something
He was sacked for being drunk.
2DSA to knock down the quarterback in American football
3PMA if soldiers sack a place, they go through it destroying or stealing things and attacking people:
The Goths sacked Rome.

sack out

phrasal verb
informal to go to sleep:
He sacked out on the sofa.
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