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’
    • ‘As we have been trying to get management to recognise throughout, the charges against Bobby and Galten were dismissed and their sackings were revoked.’
    • ‘A report into the row which led to the sacking of a Gaelscoil principal recommends a more coordinated approach to the teaching of religion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year the IMF demanded the sacking of 18,000 government employees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fall in investment and the contraction of the market leads to the sacking of workers and further decline in demand and so on.’
    • ‘Thai textile workers protest against sackings and low pay’
    • ‘No one dared ask about the circumstances leading to his sacking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On January 20, 100 employees at the company walked off the job over the sacking of 19 workers a week earlier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘VW workers warned that if sackings occur, management can expect an immediate plant closure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Workers claim corrupt managerial practice led to the company's bankruptcy and the sacking of 1,000 workers.’
    • ‘The Carsud workers had taken the action over the sacking of a fellow employee.’
    • ‘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 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.’
  • 2The pillaging of a town or city.

    ‘Edward took Caen and subjected it to a brutal sacking’
    mass noun ‘the sacking of Camulodunum’
    • ‘Historically, the sacking of captured cities was plainly intended to intimidate the inhabitants of other fortified posts (whether combatant or noncombatant).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mostly the fighters killed each other; there was not much sacking of towns, although there was some, of course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The scenes of the brutal carnage of the sacking of Troy are disturbingly timely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He and Jaffray lived through turbulent times, particularly during the Civil War, when they survived the town's two sackings by Cromwellian forces.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3mass noun Coarse material for making sacks; sackcloth.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grey and smooth, the rocks have a fabric imprint, resembling coarse canvas sacking.’
    • ‘These would be covered with layers of hessian sacking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 gestured over to some slave girls huddled in the corner, dressed in pieces of old sacking.’
    • ‘The interior of the feed store was cooler than the street outside, but airless, and thick with the smells of sacking and corn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    hessian, hopsack, hopsacking, burlap
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