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It is needless to say that Sack is the wine preferred by him.

Andrew was barely in time to save the contents of the sack from her teeth.

He placed the sack absently in his pocket, still meditating other things.

Then am I to be thrown down, like a sack, when it pleases them to run?

If ever you lose it I'll never own you for a friend, and I'll get you the sack from any place you're working in.

Many a holder of a second mortgage has been left to hold the sack.

I should get the sack if I were to let this sort of thing go into the paper.

The Grizzly was surprised; but he replied with a left-hander that knocked her over like a sack of hay.

Then Robin Hood gave the sack of silver back to the Sheriff.

Then, turning, he left the other standing bewildered, with the sack in his hands.

WORD ORIGIN

"large bag," Old English sacc (West Saxon), sec (Mercian), sæc (Old Kentish) "large cloth bag," also "sackcloth," from Proto-Germanic *sakkiz (cf. Middle Dutch sak, Old High German sac, Old Norse sekkr, but Gothic sakkus probably is directly from Greek), an early borrowing from Latin saccus (also source of Old French sac, Spanish saco, Italian sacco), from Greek sakkos, from Semitic (cf. Hebrew saq "sack").

The wide spread of the word is probably due to the Biblical story of Joseph, in which a sack of corn figures (Gen. xliv). Baseball slang sense of "a base" is attested from 1913. Slang meaning "bunk, bed" is from 1825, originally nautical. The verb meaning "go to bed" is recorded from 1946. Sack race attested from 1805.

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