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    Is it an insult or abuse?

    "Dude, you show up to an interview in that, even the hippie lawyers from Granola Mountain Earth Pals will hackey sack you straight out the door."

    I don't know what "hackey" is here. Is it an abuse or insult? Sorry if it is. I know that it is not allowed to write abuse or insult on this forum, but I am just not sure about it. Thanks.

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    Re: Is it an insult or abuse?

    not a teacher

    I haven't seen it used in quite this way before, but a hack(e)y sack is a small bag-like object that a group of players try to keep off the ground by kicking it in the air among themselves. I assume to "hackey sack you straight out the door" means to kick you out the door.

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    Re: Is it an insult or abuse?

    Thanks. I just assumed that sack means "fire" here, so it could be "you would be hired before you enter the room through the door." Am I wrong?

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    Re: Is it an insult or abuse?

    you would be hired before you enter the room through the door

    No, it seems to mean that if he went to the interview dressed that way, he would be sent away ("kicked out the door") immediately.
    There is something about the way he is dressed that his friend thinks is very unsuitable for an interview.

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    #5

    Re: Is it an insult or abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    you would be hired before you enter the room through the door

    No, it seems to mean that if he went to the interview dressed that way, he would be sent away ("kicked out the door") immediately.
    There is something about the way he is dressed that his friend thinks is very unsuitable for an interview.
    And unsuitable even for a "hippie" company. People who hang out in university quads playing hacky sack are not known for their formality and fancy dress.

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    Re: Is it an insult or abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    And unsuitable even for a "hippie" company. People who hang out in university quads playing hacky sack are not known for their formality and fancy dress.
    I should point out that in BrE "fancy dress" is understood to mean the kind of clothing you wear to a costume party - ie you are dressed as Superman or as a caveman etc. Whilst I agree that uni students playing hackey sack are unlikely to be dressed as a pirate or as Frankenstein, I don't think that's what SoothingDave was getting at. In BrE, we would have said "fancy clothing".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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