Definition of sacking in English:



  • 1informal An act of dismissing someone from employment.

    ‘the offence merited a written warning that could lead to a sacking’
    • ‘Thai textile workers protest against sackings and low pay’
    • ‘The only intelligence failure comparable to this one was Pearl Harbor, which led to the sacking of those responsible and a major Congressional investigation.’
    • ‘The Carsud workers had taken the action over the sacking of a fellow employee.’
    • ‘VW workers warned that if sackings occur, management can expect an immediate plant closure.’
    • ‘About 1,000 workers are on strike over the sacking of 100 employees and the eviction of their families from the island, after the introduction of a new harvesting method.’
    • ‘Recently I was party to the telephone conversation between a manager and his human-resources representative about the sacking of an employee for bad time-keeping.’
    • ‘The ballot is to take place in the next fortnight over the sacking of a non-driving employee after he tested positive for alcohol at work.’
    • ‘Questions have been raised over the role of the Employment Advocate in the sacking of four workers at the Toorallie mill in Bombala in southern NSW.’
    • ‘As we have been trying to get management to recognise throughout, the charges against Bobby and Galten were dismissed and their sackings were revoked.’
    • ‘On January 20, 100 employees at the company walked off the job over the sacking of 19 workers a week earlier.’
    • ‘No one dared ask about the circumstances leading to his sacking.’
    • ‘The idea is to help pay the salaries of employees and avoid sackings while the company struggles to achieve profitability, which it says will happen toward the end of this year.’
    • ‘The fall in investment and the contraction of the market leads to the sacking of workers and further decline in demand and so on.’
    • ‘The mass sackings led to sympathy action by 1,000 British Airways ground staff and the halting of all BA flights at Heathrow Airport for more than 24 hours.’
    • ‘But the father of two had his dedication to the employee principles of discount giant The Warehouse vindicated after an employment court found the sacking was unjustified.’
    • ‘Last year the IMF demanded the sacking of 18,000 government employees.’
    • ‘Musharraf announced the sacking of 1,000 employees belonging to the customs, excise and tax arms of the Central Board of Revenue and said the names would be announced soon.’
    • ‘At the end of April, the Industrial Tribunal in Bochum began to examine the sacking of two Opel workers who had been dismissed following a week-long strike last year.’
    • ‘Workers claim corrupt managerial practice led to the company's bankruptcy and the sacking of 1,000 workers.’
    • ‘A report into the row which led to the sacking of a Gaelscoil principal recommends a more coordinated approach to the teaching of religion.’
  • 2The pillaging of a town or city.

    ‘Edward took Caen and subjected it to a brutal sacking’
    mass noun ‘the sacking of Camulodunum’
    • ‘The scenes of the brutal carnage of the sacking of Troy are disturbingly timely.’
    • ‘The violence of long and bloody sieges, and the subsequent sacking of cities, is often compared to the devastating fury of the forces of nature.’
    • ‘Historically, the sacking of captured cities was plainly intended to intimidate the inhabitants of other fortified posts (whether combatant or noncombatant).’
    • ‘They have witnessed the sacking of homes and the deliberate destruction of people's food supplies.’
    • ‘The book is set in ancient Greece and tells the famous story of the city's sacking through the eyes of two royal sisters.’
    • ‘Three weeks of intense aerial bombardment and assaults by troops in gunboats have resulted in the sacking of several towns and villages and the death of large numbers of civilians, the militia leader said.’
    • ‘Built at the crossroads of an ancient Middle-Eastern trade route, it was ruled by the Syrian queen Zenobia, who dared to defy Rome, resulting in the sacking of the city in AD 273.’
    • ‘Al-Hakim was highly eccentric; for example, he ordered the sacking of the city of al-Fustat, he ordered the killing of all dogs since their barking annoyed him, and he banned certain vegetables and shellfish.’
    • ‘It bears the scars of various sackings and pillagings - but, mysteriously, much of the building was buried under earth and remained untouched.’
    • ‘During the sacking of the houses of the local aristocracy, pillaging was sufficiently controlled for some of the furnishings to be given to the poor, to deflect accusations of theft.’
    • ‘He and Jaffray lived through turbulent times, particularly during the Civil War, when they survived the town's two sackings by Cromwellian forces.’
    • ‘Mostly the fighters killed each other; there was not much sacking of towns, although there was some, of course.’
  • 3mass noun Coarse material for making sacks; sackcloth.

    • ‘The earliest-known kenaf production was in 4000 B.C., and the plant has traditionally been used in the making of rope, sacking, twine and matting.’
    • ‘He gestured over to some slave girls huddled in the corner, dressed in pieces of old sacking.’
    • ‘Grey and smooth, the rocks have a fabric imprint, resembling coarse canvas sacking.’
    • ‘The interior of the feed store was cooler than the street outside, but airless, and thick with the smells of sacking and corn.’
    • ‘And the idea of the wind chimes, oiled, wrapped and protected in rolls of aromatic hessian sacking, lying up in the dark of the garage loft against some future need, is pleasing enough.’
    • ‘Blow tells me that she's wondering whether to retain the raw canvas in the final painting, thereby looking back to her early abstract work in which she often used sacking.’
    • ‘He was held as a prisoner of war in Hereford, Texas, and it was there that he began to paint in 1944, using whatever materials were to hand, including sacking.’
    • ‘Winter ice, heavily insulated with straw and sacking, was already being stored for months in deep cellars, and then hauled out to cool summer drinks for the wealthy.’
    • ‘These would be covered with layers of hessian sacking.’
    • ‘Nameless people are consigned to unmarked graves; in mosques and temples, makeshift mortuaries, people pull aside a cloth, a piece of sacking, to see if those they loved lie beneath.’
    • ‘I remember having to churn ice cream by hand - no fridges in those days… huge blocks of ice came from New Plymouth encased in sacking and had to be broken up to make the ice cream.’
    hessian, hopsack, hopsacking, burlap
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