pack (someone or something) in

idiom

1
: to cause (someone or something) to fit into a small space
We were packed in the tiny room like sardines.
trying to pack one more thing in an already stuffed suitcase
2
: to cause (large groups of people) to come to a show or performance
His show still packs in (the) crowds.
The movie has been packing them in at theaters across the country.
3
: to put (a large amount of something) into (something)
She packs a lot of information in her short essays.
4
US, informal : to stop using (something) forever
She isn't packing in her skis just yet.
I decided to pack in my paintbrushes and go to business school.
5
British, informal : to give up doing (something)
He packed in his job and became a farmer.
They might pack in the project altogether.

Examples of pack (someone or something) in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of our top-performing compression cubes had sleek designs that helped our testers pack in an organized and efficient way, and saved a noticeable amount of space in the carry-on with room leftover for other items, if desired. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 The return of Liam Coen as offensive coordinator and the addition of quarterback Devin Leary should lift Kentucky's offense closer to the middle of the pack in the SEC after ranking last in the conference in yards per game and per play in 2022. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2023 The Ravens, who went 10-7 and lost in the first round of the playoffs last season, and whose offense ranked in the middle of the pack in 2022 with 338 yards and 20.6 points per game, now at least have the potential to be much more explosive. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 10 Apr. 2023 The battery is smaller than expected at 4600 mAh, when most phones pack in 5000 mAh at this size. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2023 One bag makes eight bars or 24 balls that pack in an excellent source of protein. Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2023 Nickelback will rock the stage, pyro guaranteed, and the two-hour show will also pack in live performances by Alexisonfire, Jessie Reyez, Banx & Ranx with Pablo and Rêve, McRae, Tenille Townes, and Aysanabee. Karen Bliss, Variety, 1 Feb. 2023 To pack in so many details, the notification system uses specialized abbreviations that can be parsed by computers. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 11 Jan. 2023 Long Island’s Nassau County led the pack in a particularly bad performance, with luxe home sales falling almost 66 percent. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2022

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“Pack (someone or something) in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pack%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20in. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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