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packed like sardines

Definition of packed like sardines in English:

Crowded very close together, as sardines are in tins.
Example sentences
  • News photographers, packed like sardines and hanging precariously in open top jeeps, riding ahead of the VVIP and trying to get a closer view of the person (read exclusive view), is a common sight.
  • Passengers are also being left at platforms or forced to stand, and packed like sardines because trains are not long enough, according to the rail group of Transport 2000's West Yorkshire branch which sent the letter.
  • They were brought in trucks, packed like sardines, without food and water to the city where dealers carried them upside down, squawking in anguish, to their shops to be slaughtered in front of other birds.
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