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sack cloth

[′sak ‚klȯth]
(textiles)
A coarse cloth made of animal hairs, cotton, flax, or hemp.
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Most of my best people then left, finding better wages elsewhere and leaving behind only sack cloth tailors and more new apprentices.
Right now the general public is far from hopeful, Paisley's sack cloth and ashes speech, republican refusal of a photograph and now an apparent IRA operation all paint a gloomy picture.
The Yuletide interiors favourites are the Ice Palace with all things white and the odd splash of silver; the 1980's Knightsbridge Pad look featuring gold on gold with a good helping of cherubs and organza; the Scandinavian-American look packed with off-white linen, natural sack cloth and scarlet felt; the Dickens look which of course needs no explanation and finally, not really deserving of its own category, but determined to make its mark, the Wacky Sophisticate look that boasts a contemporary mix of non-festive colours including turquoise, orange and fuchsia and sings its praises to the bare twig.
In this circumstance it's doubtful that if Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness put on sack cloth and ashes and announce the disbandonment of the IRA that Trimble would be happy.
She says: "I think people assume that Quakers will look like the Quaker Oats figure with the sack cloth, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Despite the humiliation of the city when the whole enterprise collapsed, despite the opprobrium heaped upon all those in authority when the scale of the debacle became apparent, there will be no heads rolling in the wake of the investigation, no penitent council executives in sack cloth and ashes.
Presumably, if you have the cash, you'll take both routes - as long as you're not suffering in sack cloth on account of a deep-seated guilt about world events.
THE white flag is fluttering in the sea breeze above Chateau Shields and I write this wearing sack cloth and ashes.
A woman who couldn't afford a tailor could fashion one at home using sack cloth and small reeds for stiffening.
As the Assembly's ministers get the sack cloth and ashes out whenever it has to plead to London to let it actually do anything, they can but help cast envious glances at other devolved administrations such as the Manx model that nominally come under Westminster's control.
Politicians should hang their heads in shame and cover their well-filled bellies with sack cloth. - J.