1. as a container or receptacle.
(a) [mid-17C–early 18C] (also sack–a–madam) the vagina.
(b) [late 17C–mid-19C] a pocket.
(c) [late 19C+] the scrotum; often in combs. such as nutsack under nuts n.2
(d) [1910s] (Aus.) a pocket-book, a wallet.
(e) [2000s] (US black) attractive female buttocks.
2. constr. with the, in senses of dismissal, expulsion [one is given one’s possessions, lit. or fig., in a sack; current in Fr. f. 17C: ‘On luy a donné son sac, hee hath his pasport giuen him (said of a seruant whom his master hath put away)’ (Cotgrave, Dict. French and English Tongues, 1611). Note Du. iemand den zak geven, to give someone the sack (already in MDu.), den zak krijgen, to get the sack].
(a) [early 19C+] (also the bag) rejection or dismissal from one’s job; usu. as get the sack or give someone the sack
(b) [mid-19C] expulsion from school.
3. in drug uses.
(a) [1910s+] (US prison) a sack of tobacco, used as prison ‘currency’.
(b) [1980s+] (drugs) heroin.
(c) [1990s+] a bag of drugs, usu. marijuana or crack cocaine.
4. [1910s+] a bed.
5. in negative terms describing people [? sad sack of shit n.].
(a) [1950s+] (US) a pitiable, downtrodden person.
(b) [1960s] (US campus) an unattractive woman.
(c) [1980s+] (US black/campus) a second-rate athlete.
6. [1960s+] (US black) an overcoat, a jacket [mid-19C SE sack, a loose-fitting coat].
7. [1980s] (US black) one’s home.
1. [1940s+] (US) a chronic idler.
2. [1960s+] (orig. US) a sexual adept (usu. male).
[1990s+] (US black) a woman (but not a prostitute) who pursues a man, bartering her sexual favours for his financial status.
[late 17C–mid-19C] a pickpocket.
[1940s–50s] (orig. US milit.) sleep, time spent in bed.
[1940s+] (orig. US milit.) sleep, time spent in bed.
[2010s] (US) a male homosexual.
[2000s] (N.Z.) a rash from vigorous sexual activity.
[1940s+] (US) a chronic idler.
[1940s+] (orig. US milit.) time spent in bed, time to go to bed.
[late 17C–early 19C] to pick a pocket.
1. [mid-19C+] (also get the bag, ...zack) to be dismissed from a job; thus get someone the sack, to get someone dismissed.
2. [1990s+] to be rejected by one’s lover or sweetheart.
1. [early 19C+] to dismiss from a job.
2. [mid-19C–1930s] to reject (as a former lover, sweetheart or friend).
3. [mid-19C] in a general context, to throw out of a place.
1. [1930s+] (also hit one’s sack) to go to sleep.
2. [1960s+] (US/US gay) by ext., to have sexual intercourse.
1. [1940s+] in bed for the purpose of sex.
2. [1950s] (US) in trouble.
[mid-19C+] dismissal, rejection, ejection.
[1970s+] (US black) the scrotum.
SE in slang uses
see separate entries.
see tub of guts under tub n.1
see separate entry.
see bag of wind under bag n.1