SACK , a large bag made of a coarse material such as is described under SACKING below . The word occurs with very little variation in all
See also:languages, cf . Gr . D•G,KKOS,
See also:Lat. saccus, Fr.
See also:sac, Span.
See also:saco, Du. zak, &c . All are borrowed from the
See also:Hebrew sag, properly a coarse stuff made of hair, hence a bag made of this material . Most etymologists attribute the widespread occurrence of the word to the
See also:story of
See also:Joseph and his brethren in Gen. xliv . The Hebrew word itself is' probably
See also:Egyptian, as is evidenced by the Coptic sok, Apart from its ordinary meaning, the word is used as a unit of dry measure, which has varied considerably at different times and places and for 'different goods; it is the customary '
See also:British measure for coals, potatoes, apples and some other goods, and is
See also:equivalent to three bushels . From the end of the 17th to the
See also:middle of the 18th century the sack or " sacque " was a fashionable type of
See also:gown for
See also:women, having a long flowing loose back—hanging in pleats from the
See also:neck . It is still used as a tailor's or dressmaker's
See also:term for a loose straight-back coat . The Fr. sac meant also pillage,
See also:plunder, whence saccager, to plunder a
See also:town, especially after it had been taken by assault or after a
See also:siege . There is no doubt that it is an extension of " sack," a bag, with a reference to the most obvious receptacle for
See also:booty . The
See also:slang expression " to give the sack," " to get the sack," of a
See also:person who has been turned out of a situation or been given
See also:notice to leave is an old French proverbial expression:
See also:Cotgrave gives On luy a
See also:donne sa sac et ses quilles,;" he hath his
See also:passport given him, he is turned out to grazing, said of a servant whom his
See also:master hath put away." The New
See also:Dictionary finds the expression also in 15th-century Dutch .
It remains to distinguish the name,
See also:familiar from English literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, of a .
See also:wine, which was of a strong, rough, dry kind (in Fr. vin sec, whence the name), and therefore usually sweetened and mixed with spice and mulled or " burnt." It became a
See also:common name for all the stronger
See also:white wines of the South .
MICHAEL SACHS (1808–1864)
DRAW SAGBUT SHAKBUSSHE SACKBUT
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