pack in

See also: pack-in and packin'



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pack in (third-person singular simple present packs in, present participle packing in, simple past and past participle packed in)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To give up, to quit.
    • 1947, Willard Robison (lyrics and music), “Don't Smoke in Bed”, performed by Peggy Lee:
      Goodbye, old sleepyhead / I'm packing you in like I said / Take care of everything / I'm leaving my wedding ring
    • 1989 January, “Riding Harley's flagship”, in American Motorcyclist[1]:
      I rode 700 miles one day before packing it in for the night, yet after 15 minutes of rest in my hotel room, I realized that I could have gone farther.
    • 2009 February 6, “At Dem retreat, a partisan love fest”, in Yahoo! News[2]:
      As the Senate deliberated in Washington – and packed it in for the night without finalizing a deal — Obama brushed pressed House Democrats to finalize
    • 2009 November 7, “Captain Crunch compares 'greener' light bulbs”, in The Sun[3]:
      LAST year I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to pack in my job as a full-time cleaner as I needed chemo and radiotherapy
  2. (idiomatic) To include (especially of a large amount).
    • 1997 June 13, “MOVIE REVIEW Speed 2: Cruise Control”, in Los Angeles Times:
      Though co-star Keanu Reeves considered this new trip unnecessary, the "Speed 2" crew has packed in lots of references from the original.
  3. (mountain climbing) To transport to base camp, especially by backpack.