The idiom is thought to have been inspired by the fact that bedding was originally made out of hay stuffed into a cloth sack. The phrase can be used in a wide variety of situations, ranging from conversations with friends about something that happened to you to one expressing their desire to collapse in bed to co-workers after a long day.
It means go to bed. Linen was once the common bedding material for sheets. Believe linen sacks/storage bags (like burlap bags/hessian bags today) were once more commonly used for things like grain (linseed in the old process of extracting linseed oil) etc. Linen (flax), also the same material/fabric as was used for bed linen/sheets, pillow slips and blankets etc. The word Sac in French is translated to sack or bag in English, also similarly to \"sac\" an action, as we use \"to pillage\" so to strip ruthlessly, to steal with force. This alludes to the age old marital tug of war, over who takes too much of the bed covers and leaves the other party cold and bare, like a plundered village, shivering in the cold night of winter.
But, while data suggests that women often struggle with weight gain more than men, it's possible that men are more prone to packing on pounds when they don't hit the sack. Researchers from the University of Arizona and Harvard Medical School presented their not-yet-published findings last month at the 2016 American Association of Sleep Medicine (AASM) SLEEP conference.
Hit The SackIn the old days, a pillow was made with a sack (a large back) stuffed with something soft, like straw. So the idiom hit the sack means to go to bed.
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