Get the sack


Explanation: What is an idiom?

Be dismissed from your job.

Context:

"Did you hear about Jane in accounts?"

"No."

"Well, she came in late the other day and old Simmonds calls her into his office and gives her such a bollocking."

"That's Simmonds."
"Yeah, well, she tells him to take his job and shove it."

"Really. What happened?"

"Well, she got the sack, didn't she. 15 minutes. Get your stuff and get out."

"Oh, what a shame. Nice girl."

"Cheers. To Jane, and standing up to authority!"

Notes:

In the old days, craftsmen used to bring their own tools to work. If the employer decided to dismiss a person, he would put that person's tools into a sack for him to take when he left. So when you got the sack, you knew you were being ordered to leave your job.

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