Hit the sack

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Chinese, China
The other day, I came across a phrase--"hit the sack", and now I know it means "go to bed". My question is does sack has something to do with sleeping?:)
  • Iskia

    As a fellow countryman, I'd more than pleased to point out for you that "sack" simply means bed in slang,
    e.g. he's unbelievable in the sack.


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    English-Ireland (top end)
    If you go back long enough, the soldier probably slept on hay, hence the older expression to hit the hay. An army on the move would have had many horses and hence much hay.
    With more refinement, the hay was contained within a palliasse, a large bag made out of sacking. So hit the hay became hit the sack.

    In BE, soldiers are in the army. The navy has sailors.
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