pack1 W3S2 [pæk] v
4¦(protect something)¦
5¦(snow/soil etc)¦
6 pack your bags
7 pack a gun
8 pack a (hard/hefty/strong etc) punch
Phrasal verbs
 pack something<=>away
 pack in
 pack somebody/something off
 pack up
[Sense: 1-5, 7; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: PACK2]
[Sense: 6; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: pack 'to make a secret agreement' (16-17 centuries), perhaps from pact]
1.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦ [I and T]
also pack up
to put things into cases, bags etc ready for a trip somewhere
I forgot to pack my razor.
Have you finished packing yet?
pack your things/belongings
Kelly packed her things before breakfast.
pack a bag/case
You'd better pack your bags. We're leaving in an hour.
pack sb sth
Shall I pack us a picnic?
2.) ¦(GOODS)¦ [T]
also pack up
to put something into a box or other container, so that it can be moved, sold, or stored
pack sth in/into sth
Now wild mushrooms are available all year, packed in handy 25g boxes.
3.) ¦(CROWD)¦ [>I always + adv/prep, T]
to go in large numbers into a space, or to make people or animals do this, until the space is too full
pack into/in/onto
50,000 fans packed into the stadium.
The sheep had been packed into a truck and transported without food or water.
to cover or fill an object with soft material so that it does not get damaged
pack in/with
Glass must be packed in several layers of paper.
to press snow, soil, sand etc down so that it becomes hard and firm
pack sth down
Pack the soil down firmly.
6.) pack your bags informal
to leave a place and not return, especially because of a disagreement
7.) pack a gun
AmE informal to carry a gun
8.) pack a (hard/hefty/strong etc) punch also pack a wallop
informal to have a very strong or impressive effect
The Spanish wine, with the flavour of honey, packed quite a punch.
send sb packing atsend
pack away [pack sth<=>away] phr v
to put something back in a box, case etc where it is usually kept
Christmas was over and the decorations packed away.
pack in phr v
1.) pack sth<=>in also pack sth into sth
to do a lot in a limited period of time, or fit a lot of information, ideas etc into a limited space
We packed a lot of sightseeing into two weeks.
In an essay of 2000 words, you can pack a lot in.
2.) pack sb<=>in informal
if a film, play etc packs people in, it attracts large numbers to come and see it
Any film starring Tom Cruise always packs them in.
3.) pack sth<=>in
BrE informal to stop doing a job or activity that you are not enjoying
After one year, I packed in university.
Sometimes I feel like packing it all in and going off travelling.
4.) pack it in
BrE spoken used to tell someone to stop doing something that is annoying you
5.) BrE informal if a machine packs in, it stops working because there is something wrong with it
= ↑pack up
Halfway to the airport, the engine packed in.
pack off [pack sb/sth off] phr v
to send someone to stay somewhere for a period of time
pack somebody/something off to
My parents used to pack us off to camp every summer.
pack up phr v
1.) to put things into cases, bags etc ready for a trip somewhere
Most of the holidaymakers had packed up and gone.
pack sth<=>up
I gave her a hand packing up her clothes and stuff.
2.) pack sth<=>up
to put something into a box or other container, so that it can be moved, sold, or stored
Don't worry. The removal men will pack everything up.
3.) informal to finish work at the end of the day
'What time do you pack up?' 'Oh, about six.'
4.) BrE informal if a machine packs up, it stops working because there is something wrong with it
= ↑pack in
The photocopier's packed up again.
5.) pack sth<=>up
BrE informal to stop doing something, especially a job
He packed up his teaching job after only three months.
pack 2
pack2 W3S2 n
1¦(things wrapped together)¦
2¦(small container)¦
6¦(group of people)¦
7 pack of lies
8 Cub/Brownie pack
9¦(on a wound)¦
[Date: 1100-1200; : Low German; Origin: Dutch pak]
something wrapped in paper or packed in a box and then sent by post or taken somewhere
pack of
a pack of three T-shirts
Send away for your free information pack today.
especially AmE a small container, usually made of paper, that something is sold in
British Equivalent: packetpack of
a pack of cigarettes
a 10 oz. pack of frozen peas
see usage notepackage1
3.) ¦(BAG)¦
especially BrE a bag that you carry on your back, especially when climbing or walking, used to carry equipment, clothes etc
British Equivalent: rucksack
4.) ¦(CARDS)¦ also pack of cards
a complete set of ↑playing cards
= ↑deck
5.) ¦(ANIMALS)¦
a group of wild animals that hunt together, or a group of dogs trained to hunt together
a wolf pack
pack of
a pack of hounds
a group of the same type of people, especially a group who you do not approve of
pack of
A pack of reporters were waiting outside.
7.) pack of lies informal
something you are told that is completely untrue
Don't believe what it says in the paper - it's a pack of lies.
8.) Cub/Brownie pack
a group of children who belong to a particular children's organization
9.) ¦(ON A WOUND)¦
a thick soft piece of cloth that you press on a wound to stop the flow of blood
→↑ice pack

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