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sack Tweet Definition of sack Like Definition of sack on Facebook
noun 
  1. A bag for carrying things in.
  2. The plunder and pillage, pillaging of a captured town or city.
The of Rome.
  1. Loot or booty obtained by pillage.
  2. (informal) bed, in the phrase hit the sack. See also (term, sack out)''.
I"m tired. I'm gonna hit the .
  1. (informal) Dismissal from employment, in the phrase get the sack or give (someone) the sack.
She got the for being late all the time.
Her boss gave her the 'sack.
  1. An old English measure of weight, usually of wool, equal to 13 stone (182 pounds).
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 209.
    • :Generally, however, the stone or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the of thirteen stone.
      1. (context, vulgar, slang) The scrotum.
      He got passed the ball, but it hit him in the .
verb 
  1. To plunder or pillage, especially after capture; to obtain spoils of war.
The barbarians sacked Rome.
  1. (informal) To fire, or remove someone from employment.
He was sacked last September.
  1. (informal) In the phrase (term, sack out), to go to sleep.
The kids all sacked out before 9:00 on New Year"s Eve.
  1. (slang) To hit a person (usually male) in the groin.
The apple fell on him and he got sacked.
     
salad Tweet Definition of salad Like Definition of salad on Facebook
noun 
  1. A food made primarily of a mixture of raw ingredients, typically vegetables, usually served with a dressing such as vinegar or mayonnaise.
     
scrooch Tweet Definition of scrooch Like Definition of scrooch on Facebook
verb (scrooch, es)
  1. (intransitive): To crouch, or hunker down.
     
shake Tweet Definition of shake Like Definition of shake on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of shaking something.
The cat gave the mouse a .
  1. A milkshake.
  2. Ground-up marijuana.
verb (shakes, shaking, shook, shaken)
  1. (transitive) (ergative) To cause (something) to move rapidly from side to side.
The earthquake shook the building.
  1. (transitive) To disturb emotionally; to shock.
Her father's death shook her terribly.
  1. (transitive) To lose, evade, or get rid of (something)
I can't the feeling that I forgot something.
  1. (intransitive) To move from side to side.
She shook with grief.
  1. (intransitive) To shake hands.
OK, let's on it.
     
Shaw Tweet Definition of Shaw Like Definition of Shaw on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English topographic surname for someone who lived by a small wood or copse
     
short sweetening Tweet Definition of short sweetening Like Definition of short sweetening on Facebook
noun 
  1. (South & Midland U.S.) sugar - compare long sweetening
     
skedaddle Tweet Definition of skedaddle Like Definition of skedaddle on Facebook
verb (skedaddles, skedaddling, skedaddled)
  1. To move or run away quickly, especially from something frightening.
The sheep skedaddled as soon as the shepherd's dog came near.
     
snail Tweet Definition of snail Like Definition of snail on Facebook
noun 
  1. Any of very many animals, of the class Gastropodia, having a coiled shell.
  2. Any of the several species of terrestrial pulmonate gastropods used as human food.
     
sociable Tweet Definition of sociable Like Definition of sociable on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.
He's normally pretty quiet, but he gets much more around women.
     
soda pop Tweet Definition of soda pop Like Definition of soda pop on Facebook
noun (countable or uncountable)
  1. (regional in US) Any of several sweetened, carbonated beverages.
On a hot day, there's nothing I like more than soda pop.
Could you bring me a soda pop? I'm parched!
In the Midwest, soda pop is abbreviated to pop, such as Do you have any pop?
Further, in the Midwest, soda means an ice cream soda (pop with ice cream), such as I think I will have a root beer soda. (vanilla ice cream in root beer pop).
On the east and west coasts, soda pop is abbreviated to soda, such as "May I have a soda?"
     
Spa Tweet Definition of Spa Like Definition of Spa on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A town located in the Belgian province of Liège, famous for its hot springs.
     
spanker Tweet Definition of spanker Like Definition of spanker on Facebook
noun 
  1. One who is currently giving someone a spanking or spank.
  2. A tool used to give someone a spanking or spank, such as a paddle.
  3. (nautical) A fore and aft gaff-rigged sail on the aft-most mast of a square-rigged vessel.
  4. (context, dated, music) A musician who plays his instrument well.
     
spile Tweet Definition of spile Like Definition of spile on Facebook
noun 
  1. A spigot or plug.
  2. A spout inserted in a tree to draw off sap.
  3. A bollard. Spile is the word most frequently used on the Great Lakes to indicate a bollard.
     
spindle Tweet Definition of spindle Like Definition of spindle on Facebook
noun 
  1. (spinning) a distaff, the rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres, especially wool.
  2. a rod which turns, or on which something turns.
  3. a worldwide tree of the genus Euonymus, originally used for making the spindles used for spinning wool.
  4. an upright spike for holding paper documents by skewering.
verb (spindl, ing)
  1. To make into a long tapered shape.
  2. To impale on a device for holding paper documents.
    Do not fold, or mutilate this document.
     
spouting Tweet Definition of spouting Like Definition of spouting on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (context, of a liquid) propelled in a narrow stream or jet
     
stopple Tweet Definition of stopple Like Definition of stopple on Facebook
noun 
  1. a plug, a stopper
verb (stoppl, ing)
  1. to plug, to stop up
    • 1605: Shut your mouth, dame, / Or with this paper shall I it. " William Shakespeare, King Lear V.iii
     
stump Tweet Definition of stump Like Definition of stump on Facebook
noun 
  1. the remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb
  2. (politics) the place where a campaign takes place
  3. (politics) an occasion at which the campaign takes place
  4. (cricket) one of three small wooden posts which together with the bails make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball
  5. (context, drawing) an artists" drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media
  6. wooden or concrete poles used to support a house.
verb 
  1. (intransitive) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
''This last question has me stumped.
  1. (intransitive) to campaign
He"s been stumping for that reform for months.
  1. (context, transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper) to get a batsman out stumped
     
submarine Tweet Definition of submarine Like Definition of submarine on Facebook
noun 
  1. A boat that can go underwater.
  2. A kind of sandwich made in a long loaf of bread.
adjective 
  1. Under water.
  2. Of something hidden or undisclosed, e.g. submarine patent.
     
swale Tweet Definition of swale Like Definition of swale on Facebook
noun 
  1. A low tract of moist or marshy land.
  2. A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
  3. A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.
     
swingletree Tweet Definition of swingletree Like Definition of swingletree on Facebook
noun 
  1. a whippletree
     

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