The Independent claims that Conservative leader David Cameron gave his party members an ultimatum over excessive expenses claims - pay it back or face the sack. Full story >>
If your employers sack you, they tell you that you can no longer work for them because you have done something that they did not like or because your work was not good enough. • The Prime Minister sacked the trade minister following allegations of corruption. Sack is also used as a noun. • The boss gave him the sack. • He got the sack. • Dishonest MPs are facing the sack. According to The Phrase Finder, "The probable derivation is the allusion to tradesmen, who owned their own tools, taking them with them in a bag or sack when they were dismissed from employment."