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Sack

Predominately British; to terminate a person, especially with cause. For example, an employee caught stealing may be sacked, meaning he will no longer be employed at the company. The term is equivalent to firing.
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Comparing himself to the king of Nineveh in the Book of Jonah, Langford proclaimed April 25 a "day of prayer in sackcloth and ashes" and called on "all bishops, priests, pastors, ministers and all citizens of various denominations and creeds to join in." He then proceeded to order 2,000 sacks.
The optional reading in Isaiah 58 likewise disdains mere outward signs like bowing and prostrating oneself, or even donning sackcloth and ashes.
And yet, at domestic level, sackcloth and ashes are the order of the day as fans lament Wales' worst performance in the Heineken Cup since the competition's inception.
So in reprisal I made all the monks of a nearby monastery march at the head of our column and threatened to shoot them all; the bishop refused to give way, saying that there was plenty of sackcloth in Italy to make new friars, and keep the prisoners.
Like the psalmist, they praise the one who has "turned my mourning into dancing" and who has "taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy" (Psalm 30:11).
He said: "West Ham have gone home ecstatic and left us sad, morose and sick and it's sackcloth and ashes for a few days.
The permanent exhibition will include forty oil paintings, papier-mache objects, wool and sackcloth weavings (arpilleras), manuscripts, recordings, and personal effects.
The more voluminous the sackcloth, the more nobly impressive the sinner, and the profuse deployment of sackcloth and ashes serves, albeit on a grander scale, the same function as the daily Corrections box, which notes minor errors.
Venus In Sackcloth: The Magdalen's Origins and Metamorphosis.
Dressed in sackcloth and ashes at a hastily arranged press conference, he may have offered a mealy-mouthed apology to manager Graham Taylor, his own team-mates and his own supporters.
His emergence from underneath the bed where he has been hiding (at the end of the novel) parallels the unnamed soldier's emergence from the sackcloth. The angels gather up the dismembered parts and presumably reunite them before Nathaniel rejects a seemingly apocalyptic ending and reenters the present world.
In the first, the speaker knows that she is literally plowing over the bones of the dead and wears burlap, if not sackcloth and ashes.