to get the sack

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - get the sack

"to get the sack"

to be fired from a job


Related words and phrases:

Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get the sack

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Where's Janice this morning?

Colleague 2: She got the sack yesterday.

Colleague 1: Really? I did not predict that. Why was she fired from the job?

Colleague 2: That is a story for another time, not at work.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get the sack

A couple are talking ...

Husband: I really don't want to go to work today. Things have been so bad at work lately that I am worried that I will be given the sack today.

Wife: You think you will lose your job?

Husband: The company has been failing for a while now and I don't have a lot of seniority so, yes, I think it is likely that I will be laid off soon.

Test Your Understanding  

to get the sack - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   372   click for frequency by country

to get the sack - Gerund Form:

Getting the sack after twenty years of service can be a shock.

to get the sack - Examples:

1)  I hope you have an understanding boss. I know I would probably get the sack if I ran unapproved equipment on the local network. 

2)  ... be it through poor performance or unprofessional behaviour, a manager seems to get the sack every year. 

3)  I read in Reader's Digest that "to get the sack" refers to the days when workers would carry their tools in a sack.

4)  ... last thing I want is to fly out there on false pretenses, get the sack then my visa is revoked and I'm just an illegal alien with no form ...

5)  ... the fitting room results in a press scandal. Will the guilty party get the sack?

6)  What happens if you are rubbish at the job and get the sack?

7)  Behave like that as a grown-up and you'll get the sack.

8)  In some cases this could lead to disciplinary proceedings and even get the sack.

9)  In a manager's career you're going to get the sack at some point.

10)  ... who are expected to do their job properly first time or get the sack!

11)  ... someone will pipe up to say it is the players who got him the sack by not performing. 

12)  ... flew for an Australian commercial Airline in 1989, when like many he got the sack and have never been able to work in Aussie again.

13)  ... a severe falling out with his landlord and in the same week he got the sack from his mail-sorting job at the Postal Department. 

14)  There were 30,000 public servants who got the sack after the election of the Howard government. 

15)  ... the CEO, after decades with the company, got the sack a few months later.

16)  I was there for a month but got the sack when I let the counterweight slip through my fingers.

17)  I eventually got the sack from there for riding on a conveyor belt after being warned not to. 

18)  When her real identity became known she promptly got the sack.

19)  Meanwhile, a young man I know just got the sack from his employers. He wasn't made redundant, and he didn't resign ...

20)  ... contracts, each limited to six months. If you refused overtime you got the sack.