American Idiom: to hit the sack

To hit the sack means to go to bed or to sleep.  You can also say to hit the hay, which means the same thing.

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to hit the sack/hay

Let’s talk tomorrow. I am really tired, and I need to hit the sack.

To hit the sack means to go to bed or to sleep.  You can also say to hit the hay, which means the same thing.

Here are example sentences :

I wasn’t able to hit the sack until very late last night because I had to study for my exam today.

Jane wanted to hit the sack early, so she didn’t go to the party with her friends last night.

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

Before you go to bed, please make sure to finish your homework.

Before you hit the sack, please make sure to finish your homework. Or, before you hit the hay, please make sure to finish your homework.

Question 2:

We need to get up early tomorrow. Let’s go to bed now.

We need to get up early tomorrow. Let’s hit the sack now. Or, let’s hit the hay now.

Practice makes perfect!

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