sackcloth

 /ˈsækˌklɒθ/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sack•cloth /ˈsækˌklɔθ, -ˌklɑθ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Textilessacking.
idiom
  1. Idiomsin sackcloth and ashes, [uncountable] in a state of deep sorrow for what one has done.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sack•cloth  (sakklôth′, -kloth′), 
n. 
  1. Textilessacking.
  2. Textilescoarse cloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence.
  3. Idiomsin sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow;
    contrite:She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made.
Etymology:1350–1400;
Middle English;
see sack1, cloth
sackclothed′, adj. 

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sack•ing /ˈsækɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Textilesstrong, roughly woven material of hemp, etc., used for sacks. Also called sackcloth. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sack•ing  (saking), 
n. 
  1. Textilesstout, coarse woven material of hemp, jute, or the like, chiefly for sacks. Also called sackcloth. 
Etymology:
  • sack1 + -ing1 1580–90


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

sackcloth /ˈsækˌklɒθ/ n
  1. coarse cloth such as sacking
  2. garments made of such cloth, worn formerly to indicate mourning or penitence
  3. sackcloth and ashesa public display of extreme grief, remorse, or repentance



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