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sack

verb A primarily UK colloquial verb meaning to end employment; fire.
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Oh, and one last thing - please don't charge the sackcloth and ashes to us on your expenses.
Distressed by a rising crime rate and other problems, Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Larry Langford lit on an unusual solution in April: a prayer service featuring sackcloth and ashes.
There, on the chance that God might relent from threatened punishment, everyone, from oldest to youngest and from greatest to least--including all the animals--fasts and puts on sackcloth. Joel, too, calls for the aged as well as suckling infants, even new brides and grooms, who in Israel remain exempt from every other duty, to join in teary prayers that God might spare the people.
He said: "We should dress in sackcloth and ashes and live on bread and water.
'Did the sun become black as sackcloth and the moon become as blood, and the stars of heaven fall unto the earth?'
But nor should we allow the agitations of shareholders, amplified by certain of our colleagues discountenanced at the performance of their stock options, to force us into a hair shirt, the corporate equivalent of sackcloth and ashes.
His task is to dress a woman for Aintree, sackcloth at the ready!
Requirements like this meant that "religion and government interwove into the same coarse sackcloth" (p.
But we are not going to get out the sackcloth and ashes just yet"
That same public, however, isn't ready for a total "sackcloth and ashes" approach to economical motoring.
In icon VII (via crucis), 1962-64, the Masonite is turned backside out and painted black for a tacky, sackcloth texture, befitting both an updated imitatio Christi (the crude cloth on Christ's beleaguered body) and an evocation of the cheap construction practices in a rapidly developing New York.