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noun

1A small cardboard or paper container and the items contained within it: a pack of cigarettes
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  • Julie handed me a large piece of paper divided into four parts and a pack of pencil crayons.
  • I picked up a battery charger and a pack of rechargeable AAA batteries.
  • And guess how much a pack of 10 chicken wings costs in here?
Synonyms
1.1 (often the pack) A quantity of fish, fruit, or other foods packed or canned in a particular season.
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  • Because of extremely low production in several of the major fisheries, the pack of canned fish in the United States and Alaska during the first nine months of 1946 was eight precent below last year, Milton C, James, Assistant Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, announced today.
  • First season's pack was 350 cases of fruit and tomatoes.
2A group of similar things or people, especially one regarded as unpleasant: the reports were a pack of lies
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  • Eriksson might have been wise during that press conference to have reminded the assembled pack of an old saying: those who shout loudest often have the least to say.
  • Suddenly there is a commotion - a pack of motorcycles.
  • Padlin stumbled into the pack of bettors clustered at the waist-high fence.
2.1British A set of playing cards.
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  • In some packs, the king of hearts is shown with a beard.
  • The dealer shuffles and offers the pack to his right hand neighbour to cut.
  • There are a few examples where a tarot pack is used to play a game which is not really of the tarot family.
2.2A collection of related documents: an information pack
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  • When your entry fee is received you will be sent an information pack confirming your venue for the first round and giving you lots of details about Westport and this great event.
  • For classes, some books go on reserve, some materials go into course packs, and some copied excerpts are handed out in class.
  • These are now planning public meetings, mass leafleting, education packs and street stalls to let as many people as possible know about the upcoming protests and events.
2.3 (Pack) An organized group of Cub Scouts or Brownies.
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  • At the beginning there were just two Brownie Packs and two Girl Guide companies with two leaders for each group.
  • Troops and packs taking part must be registered by their leader by February 10.
  • Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys.
2.4 Rugby A team’s forwards considered as a group: I had doubts about Swansea’s pack at the beginning of the season
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  • The forward packs from both teams appear to be where the strength lies.
  • A forward from the pack should lead the team and spur them on.
  • It's easy to make parallels between the back rows but really a back row is only as good as the forward pack in front of it.
2.5 (the pack) The main body of competitors following the leader or leaders in a race or competition: Price broke from the pack to pursue him figurative Japanese cars are ahead of the pack in this category
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  • Rudi's Pet pulled out of the pack with two furlongs to go for a two-length victory.
  • Bell, which makes savoury pies, pastries and cakes at bakeries in Shotts and Livingston, leads the pack of interested parties.
  • On a short track the objective is to clear traffic as quickly as possible, so much so that the leaders often will take an outside line to get into the corner ahead of the pack.
3A group of wild animals, especially wolves, living and hunting together: a pack of wolves will encircle an ailing prey
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  • Remember wolves hunt in packs but the wolf will take care of the sick, feed the old first, they do all of that.
  • Sharks of up to 4m could be picked out among the pack.
  • He said it was unusual for cheetahs to get together in packs of four.
Synonyms
group, herd, troop
3.1A group of hounds kept and used for hunting: the lead hound gives tongue and the pack takes off, following the line of scent
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  • Fox hunting is a country sport and packs of hounds are kept especially for hunting.
  • The idea of grown men and women on horseback with packs of hounds, charging after one tiny animal is completely unacceptable.
  • In November 2004 there were 318 registered hound packs in England and Wales.
4A rucksack: we picked up our packs and trudged off
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  • And now that you're carrying half the weight, why use a seven-pound backpack when a three-pound pack is fine?
  • When a person carries a loaded backpack, the pack too moves up and down the same distance at the same time.
  • While the knife is designed for tactical backup, there's nothing that says you can't stick it in a backpack or hunting pack.
Synonyms
5 (also ice pack) An expanse of large pieces of floating ice driven together into a nearly continuous mass, as occurs in polar seas.
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  • It is also unlikely that he could have gotten the idea by encountering an ice island on the polar pack, even if he had actually travelled a long distance on it.
  • Hydrogen, the most potent fuel going, packs nearly three times the energy of gasoline.
  • More than a century of conventional wisdom says that winter, when the ice is both hard and plentiful, is the best time to travel the polar pack.
6A hot or cold pad of absorbent material, especially as used for treating an injury.
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  • Frostbite is a recognized danger of the use of cold packs of ice therapy for sports injuries and soft tissue trauma.
  • They are often painful, and you may wish to apply a cold pack straight after the injury.
  • Benign interventions include hot and cold packs, bandages, canes, lotions, vitamins and nutritional supplements.

verb

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1Fill (a suitcase or bag) with clothes and other items needed for travel: I packed a bag and left [no object]: she had packed and checked out of the hotel
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  • Katelyn walked into her room, sitting down on her bed and watching Mary pack her small pink backpack with clothes to wear while over at the Hayes.
  • Should we be stocking up on water and packing an evacuation bag?
  • Maybe I should pack my bag and grab the next flight north.
Synonyms
fill, fill up, put things in, load, stuff, cram
1.1Place (something) in a container for transport, storage, or sale: I packed up my stuff and drove to Detroit
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  • Sharon and Jane say they would normally suggest putting items into storage or packing them away in readiness for moving house.
  • Dry them before you pack them into their containers or plastic bag and then put them in your luggage.
  • His daily tasks include sorting out orders, packing the goods and transporting them to customers.
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stow, put away, store, box up, crate; put in a case/trunk
1.2 [no object] Be capable of being folded up for transport or storage: a pneumatic igloo tent that packs away compactly
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  • Be aware that trolley-bags usually have a chassis, so they do not fold up and pack away so easily.
1.3Store (something perishable) in a specified substance in order to preserve it: the organs were packed in ice
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  • The vital marrow was packed in ice for the flight from the USA and given to Mr Worral to help him fight the myeloid leukaemia he was diagnosed with in September.
  • For the most part it was meat packed in ice, thawed and heated in the evenings.
  • Fruits that are to be eaten raw, and so cannot be blanched, are often packed in sugar or dipped in syrup before freezing, to exclude air and thus inhibit enzyme action.
2Cram a large number of things into: it was a large room, packed with beds jammed side by side
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  • The final line-up for this year's Grassington Festival has been completed and is jammed packed with great entertainment for all.
  • The next few weeks in Kilcoo will be jammed packed with activities and events to suit all tastes.
  • For me though, this weekend was more notable for being packed with stuff that I didn't go to, and didn't miss.
2.1 (often as adjective packed) (Of a large number of people) crowd into and fill (a place): a packed Merseyside pub
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  • A large proportion of the crowd took shelter in the few tents provided on site, which then became impossible to use for their intended purpose due to the huge numbers packed inside.
  • The Kohl Center was filled to capacity as 19,790 fans packed the stands to see the game.
  • Drawn in part by the buzz surrounding the film, people packed the theaters and formed long lines for tickets.
2.2Cover, surround, or fill (something): if you have a nosebleed, try packing the nostrils with cotton wool
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  • Numerous small vacuoles pack the bundle sheath cell and the walls of these cells are not folded.
  • I cut my palms when I was nine, again on the bars, and one of my coaches packed the blisters with chalk and covered them with surgical tape before lifting me back up to the bar.
  • When the ‘toddlers' truce’ was lifted the search was on for programmes to pack the vacant hour; Twizzle helped fill the vacuum.
Synonyms
3 [no object] Rugby (Of players) form a scrum: we often packed down with only seven men
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  • If league want to continue with the scrums let them watch Union scrums or speak to the players of the 50s or 60s how to pack and play a scrum.
  • Brumbies coach David Nucifora was pleased with the performance of his team, especially the forwards, who where able to get on top of the heavier Bulls pack in scrums.
  • Andy Nicol found time and space with both sets of forwards packed down; so did Bryan Redpath in the second half.
4 informal Carry (a gun): he packs a gun and keeps it at the ready (as adjective, in combination -packing) a pistol-packing cop
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  • Besides the well worn dusty cowboy boots he was also packing a gun under his green T-shirt.
  • Most of the CCW pistol packers I know, who pack daily, are the ones who need something stiff in their pocket to remind them of days gone by while they lust for the chance to save the day.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pak (noun), pakken (verb). The verb appears early in Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Norman French in connection with the wool trade; trade in English wool was chiefly with the Low Countries.

Phrases

go to the pack

Australian/NZ informal Deteriorate; go to pieces: it was real sad how he went to the pack
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  • Sure, some parts of the country are going to the pack and there is definitely a social element that I would not like to meet on a dark and lonely street but this is a beautiful country with lots of beautiful people who live here.
  • The place will go to the pack once I'm gone, mark my words.

pack one's bags

Prepare for one’s imminent departure: he might hand in his resignation, pack his bags, and go to Tahiti
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  • As these notes are being prepared, I am packing my bags to go to Wales for the early-season hawking.
  • When the bell tolled for their departure, they packed their bags and left in freewheeling style but leaving behind no concrete proof of investment.
  • Mary warned us that there was a strong chance we'd be going to jail and on the Friday before our Monday court appearance she advised us to prepare for the worst and to pack our bags.

pack heat

North American informal Carry a gun: he was busted at JFK for packing heat
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  • My grandmother had a concealed weapons license and packed a gun in her purse from her early 20s until she died when she was 93.
  • Back in his gang days, Arnold said, he had packed a gun briefly.

pack it in

informal Stop what one is doing: I decided to resit my GCSEs but I didn’t have enough confidence in myself so I packed it in
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  • In reality, it's past Time for some candidates to pack it in, but this is as good an occasion to point it out again as any.
  • Finally I decided that maybe I had been fooling myself all along, and maybe it was time to pack it in and get a "real" job "down at the "ol' sawmill."

pack a punch

Be capable of hitting with skill or force: Rosie, although small, could pack a hefty punch
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  • And yet, de Montalk's tense, restrained minimalism is capable of packing a punch.
  • The underdog Kings are also a hefty 37-6 at home in Arco Arena, packing a punch with a lineup that includes All-Stars Webber and fellow pistolero Peja Stojakovic.
  • It was small, light weight, 5.7mm, not quite an assault rifle but it packed a punch.
Have a powerful effect: the Spanish wine packed quite a punch
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  • The show itself also packs a punch, complete with a seven-piece band, special guest guitarist David Lee Murphy, a nine-metre high video screen and state-of-the-art lighting and sound.
  • Whether you're a DVD anorak or not, when you pop a new disc into your DVD player and press ‘Play’ on the remote control, there's no denying that you're looking for a menu screen that packs a punch.
  • This is lighter than most dark beers, almost a deep rouge, but it still packs a punch with its Christmas pudding drenched in sherry aroma (like your Gran use to do).

packed out

British informal (Of a place) very crowded.
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  • About 200 people packed out a meeting staged by the North East Essex Community Health Council at Holland public hall to discuss the proposals.
  • Two last quick observations: absolutely every meeting is completely packed out, rammed to the rafters, with usually dozens of young people crowded round the entrances to try to catch what is being said.
  • Elsewhere in the city, the Christmas weekend began with the Marks & Spencer food hall packed out as customers stocked up on Christmas goodies such as brandy sauce, mince pies and port.

send someone packing

informal Make someone leave in an abrupt or peremptory way: the intrusive outsider is humiliated by the kids and sent packing by the mother
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  • His side's attitude must be right or they will be sent packing.
  • Club chiefs denied that Jeffs had been sent packing for disciplinary reasons - though they did admit his behaviour had not been perfect.
  • When we were bored, I would take my gang along to dad's shop, play with his vast selection of nails and knives and generally bother him until he sent us packing.
Synonyms
expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid of; dismiss, discharge
informal chuck out, kick out, boot out, defenestrate, show the door to, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, sack, fire, give someone the boot, axe
North American informal give someone the air, give someone the bum's rush

Phrasal verbs

pack something in

informal Give up an activity or job: I’m packing in the job
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  • I’ve half a mind to pack the whole thing in.
  • I think I'll pack the diet in for a while and just concentrate on the fitness side.
  • He's packing the job in next month.
Synonyms
resign from, leave, give up, drop, abandon, renounce, relinquish
informal quit, chuck, jack in
give up, abstain from, drop, desist from, refrain from, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, reject, eschew, forswear, avoid, discontinue
informal quit, leave off, kick
archaic forsake

pack someone off

informal Send someone somewhere without much warning or notice: I was packed off to hospital for surgery
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  • He discovered a hitherto undetected fracture and packed me off to North Shore Hospital.
  • However, the war effort said they could use him as an Air Force policeman, so he was packed off to Police College and then sent to Malta, where he was stationed for the next four years.
  • When my children were younger, I was never too keen on the idea of packing them off for long durations of summer camp.
Synonyms

pack something out

North American Pack something up and take it away: pack out any garbage you have left
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  • Littering is littering no matter how grand the adventure, and the code holds true for everyone: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Family rafting adventures include a stop for a hot lunch on a pristine beach, where the ‘pack it in, pack it out’ philosophy is strictly enforced.
  • There is an old saying in camping: if you pack it in, pack it out.

pack up (or in)

British informal (Of a machine) break down: the immersion heater has packed up at Gatwick, the engine packed in
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  • Things got so bad during Wednesday's gargantuan meeting that the overworked coffee machine packed up.
  • But somehow - and this is where my memory of the interview almost completely packs up on me - I stumbled to the end of the answer.
  • Next time the freezer packs up I'll hope it's in winter!
Synonyms
break down, stop working, cease to work/function, fail, give out, stall, come to a halt, develop a fault, malfunction, go wrong, break, act up, be defective/faulty, crash
informal conk out, go kaput, go phut
British informal play up

Derivatives

packable

adjective
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  • Ubiquitous for good reason, collapsible doggie bowls are virtually spill-free in the car, totally leakproof, and packable.
  • For the Baffin trip, McLean sewed three sizes of packable kites rigged with reins and steering bars and borrowed Inuit designs to fashion flexible-wood gear sledges.
  • Then there's the part where they charged us an extra $700 for packing supplies, after we'd packed up everything that we thought was packable.

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verb

[with object]
Fill (a jury, committee, etc.) with people likely to support a particular verdict or decision: his efforts to pack the Supreme Court with men who shared his ideology
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  • Franklin Roosevelt wanted to pack the Court with New Dealers who would uphold his legislative program.
  • We would have worked to secure the positions of chair and secretary and tried to pack the committee with political supporters - that is, if we had any.
  • There are bound to be mixed feelings about the change from an independent CHC to a local-authority committee which is packed with politicians.

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'enter into a private agreement'): probably from the obsolete verb pact 'enter into an agreement with', the final -t being interpreted as an inflection of the past tense.

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