Definition of sacking in English:



  • 1An act of sacking someone or something.

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

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