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Where did the term 'Getting the sack' come from?

Asked by lozza (307points) March 2nd, 2008 from iPhone

(Used when someone loses their job due to their own misbehaviour)

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Getting Sacked….
Your handed all of your personal stuff (in a bag ‘sack’) and “sent packing”...
No longer needed or wanted…

steelmarket's avatar

Wise wikipedia says it comes from medieval times, when your boss would hand you your tool sack when he gave you the boot.

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