1. in senses of taking or placing ‘in a sack’.
(a) to rob, to steal, to take possession of, to pocket.
|New Flash Song [broadside ballad] We took from him all we could sack, / With a silver hilted sword, and gold lac’d hat.|
|Pettyfogger Dramatized I iii: You’ll have a fine opportunity to ruin him, and sack the plunder! [Ibid.] II ii: I sack’d all the deeds, and here they are. [...] Be a share of the sin at your door; for you are the receivers of stolen goods!|
|London Guide 199: [He] had been one of those concerned in the affair [...] and is supposed to have sacked all the money.|
|Land Sharks and Sea Gulls II 103: It stands to reason as him as lays the plan ought, in course, to sack the most of the swag.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 38: Hoppy consented only on condition of their helping him first to sack the ‘gospel-shop’.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 62: Let’s sack the joint!|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 101: The safes that I’ve cracked and the jewelry I’ve sacked / I laid the swag at her feet.|
(b) to put in one’s pocket.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 154: Sack it — to appropriate things to oneself, to put them into the pocket or sac.|
|‘Knowing Bill’ in Rake’s Budget in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 87: If they fork out a bob to pay, / The browns I allus sacks.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 123: Sack, to, to take up.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 200/2: They made it all right; paid something, as I’ve heard, and sacked the profits.|
(c) (US Und.) to sort out, to arrange.
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 259: ‘We’re in,’ I said. ‘This thing’s sacked.’.|
|DAUL 184/1: Sack. [...] 2. To prearrange and predetermine. ‘The jury is spiked (bribed) and the rapper (complainant) is squared (appeased). A turn-out is all sacked for you, Guzzler.’.et al.|
2. in senses of dismissal.
(a) to dismiss someone from a job.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 44/2: He was again unlucky, having, after repeated watchings, been ‘bowled-out’ in a guilty amour with his master’s son’s wife, and of course sacked.|
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 277: After asking two or three questions Jemmy ‘sacked’ Garibaldi and sent him to prison clothes-mending.|
|My Secret Life (1966) III 484: ‘They will sack us both,’ said Betty. Kitty began to cry.|
|‘Visit of Condolence’ in Roderick (1972) 34: He didn’t have cheek enough to arsk the boss for a rise, lest he’d be sacked.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 55: Phil, remind me to sack him [i.e. a valet].|
|Man with Two Left Feet 119: The boss’ll sack you just one minute after I tell him.‘At Geisenheimer’s’ in|
|Coonardoo 255: Hugh’d sack me, if he didn’t think I was up to the job.|
|Night and the City 52: And the cheque you got when they sacked you from your job.|
|A Man And His Wife (1944) 65: In the end Bill got fed up so he sacked us both.‘A Pair of Socks’ in|
|Shiralee 44: The first two, boss sacked ’em.|
|A House For Mr Biswas 358: Let them sack me like hell. Think I care? I want them to sack me.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 12 Oct. 26: He was sacked because they wanted someone younger and flasher.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 179: He sacked his manager and got greedy.|
|Happy Like Murderers 166: He was sacked from his job as a tyrefitter.|
|Observer Screen 16 Jan. 6: They have to go into work, because if they don’t they get sacked.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Sacked three weeks ago. [...] Someone leaked information and the whole thing went-pear-shaped. They blamed me.|
|Hilliker Curse 13: Rita sacked his lazy ass, circa ’50.|
(b) (also sack off) to reject or dismiss something or someone.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 145/2: The old man threatens to sack lover. He goes into cottage and brings out lover’s bundle, and throws it to lover.|
|Magnet 10 Sept. 2: The Remove had chosen to sack him.|
|‘Rejected By Eliza Jane’ in Negro Folk Rhymes 134: Perhaps you’ll sack ‘Ole Sour Bill’ / An’ git choked on ‘Sugar Cain’.|
|Powder 442: They’d be heroes if they could pull it off, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they had to sack it.|
|Observer 9 Jan. 6: He was sacked from the programme.|
|Stump 95: Tempted to sack the whole friggin thing off.|
(c) to expel from school or university.
|College Words (rev. edn) 399: sack. To expel.|
|Tom Brown’s School-Days (1896) 108: I shouldn’t like to see any of you getting sacked.|
|Sporting Times 20 Mar. 3/4: His domestic rebellion [...] led to his being sacked from Harrow.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 5 Nov. 86: It’ll be awfully rough on my people if I’m sacked.|
|Magnet 22 Feb. 11: I’d like to see him sacked from the school.|
|Gem 23 Sept. 20: Keep it dark. I was your friend once. Don’t get me sacked from this school.|
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 94: Either he’ll lace your arses off or you’ll both be sacked.|
|Crust on its Uppers 19: Sacked from the most super public school in the country.|
(d) to end a relationship with, esp. in an abrupt, brutal manner.
|Sl. U. 162: sack to break up with, dump, treat (someone of the opposite sex) badly.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 7: If me hear that you’re palavering with any gal again, I will sack you so quick.|
|Dirty South 98: I’m going to sack him after Christmas.|
(e) (US campus) to humiliate someone.
|Campus Sl. Fall 4: sack – to embarrass, to make someone look foolish: John was sacked by Betty.|
(f) (Aus. prison) to ostracize.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Sacked. Sent to Coventry; ostracized.|
3. (US Und.) to tie someone up with the cord round their limbs and throat; they are then placed in a sack and when they struggle to get free they will asphyxiate themselves.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 275: A guy from St. Louis [...] is doing most of the sacking for Frankie Ferocious.‘Sense of Humor’ in|
|Men of the Und. 205: Sometimes they ‘sacked’ a victim, drugging him first, then tying him in a gunny sack with a noose drawn loosely around his neck and tied to his ankles.|
4. to allot a sleeping place.
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] Sack him in my mess. It’s his first ship.|
to go to bed, to sleep.
|Serenade to the Big Bird 113: Sam casually announced that I was staying home. ‘Oates is going,’ he said. ‘You can sack.’.|
|My Friend Judas (1963) 19: I [...] took a swig of milk from the bottle, turned off the Brube, and sacked down. I was pooped, all muzzy.|
|Carny Kill (1993) 10: ‘Got a place to sack,’ he asked.|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 471: ‘I’m sackin,’ he whispered.|
|Slam the Big Door (1961) 111: I got him hosed off and sacked out.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 241: He’s in the back there with Wrye, sacked out.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
1. (US) to go to bed, to sleep.
|Long Wait (1954) 9: I’m tired and dirty and I want to get sacked in for the night.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 35: When I’m gone from the ould sod, sacked in with some lovely French doll.|
|(con. 1943) Big War 223: Come on, Al. Let’s sack in.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 155: He went to his own bunk and sacked in.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 79: Listen, pal, before I sack in [...] why don’t you tell us.|
2. to lie in, to stay in bed.
|(con. WWII) Marines! 41: He’s still sackin’ in.|
(US black) to terminate, to bring to a conclusion.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
see sense 2b above.
to fall asleep, to go to bed.
|Vocational Trends 7 82: Butch is sacked out. He stayed up late last night beating his gums with the gang.|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 31: Gonna sack out, Skipper. Anything you want me to do first?|
|Restless Men 69: ‘Musgrove bloody Park!’ Specs growled. ‘Hot as a bodgie fiver! Every vag and winedot in Brisbane sacks out there.’.|
|Doom Pussy 40: Some shucked their uniforms [...] and shaved before sacking out.|
|Carlito’s Way 129: I took it easy for a few days — sacked out a lot, watched television.|
|London Fields 14: When Keith left I sacked out immediately. Not that I had much say in the matter. Twenty-two hours later I opened my eyes.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 63: We better all sack out if we expect to get an early start in the morning.|
|Drop Dead, My Lovely (2005) 230: Stephanie [...] got comfy, and sacked out.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] They would all be in the shed, the dogs sacked out [...] round the old potbelly stove.|
1. (US) to go to bed.
|AS XXI:4 Dec. 251: Sack. Bed. To sack up or hit the sack is to go to bed. Sack time is sleep.‘Amer. Army Speech’ in|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 224: I guess that they’re sacked up asleep.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 73: Guess I’ll go sack up.|
|Fireworks (1988) 165: What he was sacked up with was two other guys – [...] they’d been having a party.‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in|
2. (US) to be quiet.
|Observer (London) 9 Nov. 22/2: Vets need to sack up. We will bash each other for no fucking reason.|
SE in slang uses
a resurrectionist or grave-robber.
|Waterford Mail 13 Mar. 4/5: The box was opened and the skeleton of a child found in it. This was confirmation [...] that the old woman was not only a ‘sack ’em up’ herself, but the mother [...] of a family of ressurectionists.|
|Misfortunes of Barney Branagan (1850) 237: He also entertained a terror of the sack-’em-ups [...] created by the exaggerating tongue of rumour, which gave awful accounts of men who were kidnapped, smothered, and sold to the surgeons for large sums of money.|
|Rosemary 24: A coarse bag and naked body is the wonted style of the resurrectionist, or ‘sack-em-up’ — to use an expressive old country term.|
|Shamrock (Dublin) 11 Jan. 254/2: It was, indeed, the very height of the period of bodysnatchers, sack-em-ups and resurrection-men.|
|London Jrnl 21 Dec. 394/1: Lanty, did you ever hear of a resurrectionist—a sack-em-up?|
|Works I 474: A mere sack-’em-up, who disinters the dead, and sells their remains for money.|
|J. Moore Ball [bk title] The Sack-’Em-Up Men.|
|(con. 1880s)Medicine in Virginia in the Nineteenth Century 70: This latter was the Potter’s Field in the eighties when old Billy, veteran sack-em-up man, and his promising assistant, Chris Baker, were in their heyday.|
|Malachi Horan Remembers 25: There were in those days men who went by the name of ‘sack-em-ups’ – what you would call resurrection men. They used to rob graveyards and sell the bodies to the doctors.|
|(con. 19C)Conscience and Conflict 58: With the Act came the end of the body-snatching era — the ‘sack-em-up’ man was no more.|
1. (US campus) to survive a challenging situation [? one places it in a fig. SE sack].
|Iron Orchard (1967) 276: We’re gonna sack up this oil business, sweetheart. I can make deals for these people. A percentage are bound to hit.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 24: Sack Up: To come through in a difficult situation.|
2. (drugs) to divide up and place bulk drugs into separate bags prior to sale.
|Westsiders 75: Bailin’ through the party with a pound of bud / All sacked up in straight dimes and dubs.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 49: —Sack it, ya fat cunt, Begbie says —she’s mine, but, eh, Lesley?|
|Decent Ride 455: fuckin sack it, barksdale., ah’m tellin ye!|