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Sack (noun 2)

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Sack. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Storm of a town; pillage; plunder.

              If Saturn's son bestows
    The sack of Troy, which he by promise owes,
    Then shall the conqu'ring Greeks thy loss restore.
    Dryden.

  2. A kind of sweet wine, now brought chiefly from the Canaries. [Sec, French, of uncertain etymology; but derived by Skinner, after Mandeslo, from Xeque, a city of Morocco.]

    Please you drink a cup of sack. Shakespeare.

    The butler hath great advantage to allure the maids with a glass of sack. Swift.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Mandelslo, Johan Albrecht (1) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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