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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypack in
he/she/itpacks in
present participlepacking in
past tensepacked in
past participlepacked in
  1. 1
    informal to attract very large audiences

    The play was still packing them in after several weeks.

  2. 2
    informal to stop doing something, especially a job

    A year ago, she packed in her job to join the band.

    1. a.
      pack it in British informal used for telling someone to stop doing something that is annoying you
  3. 3
    to fill something with a lot of people or things

    The more people they can pack in, the more money they make.

  4. 4
    to fill a period of time with a lot of activities

    He packed in an amazing amount in such a short life.

  5. 5
    British informal to end a sexual or romantic relationship with someone

    I’m thinking of packing him in.

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