The British Idiom – Get the Sack
Definition of Get the Sack
To get or be given the sack is to lose your job under bad circumstances. If you are laid off, you lose your job through no fault of your own. If you get the sack, or get sacked, you lose the job because you did something wrong or were not up to the job. It probably comes from the days when a worker owned his own tools and when he left a place of employment, he would put his tools and other belongings in a sack. If you were given a sack, it could only mean one thing – they wanted you out.
Examples of Usage of Get the Sack
She was sacked because she fell pregnant, so she’s suing the firm. I was sacked for arguing with my idiot boss, and getting the sack was one of the best things that ever happened to me, I can tell you. It got me out of my rut and opened new doors.
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