pack in

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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.
    • January 1989, American Motorcyclist‎
      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.
    • 6 February 2009, Yahoo! News - At Dem retreat, a partisan love fest
      As the Senate deliberated in Washington – and packed it in for the night without finalizing a deal — Obama brushed pressed House Democrats to finalize
    • 7 November 2009, The Sun - Captain Crunch compares 'greener' light bulbs
      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).
    • 13 June 1997, Los Angeles Times - MOVIE REVIEW Speed 2: Cruise Control
      Though co-star Keanu Reeves considered this new trip unnecessary, the "Speed 2" crew has packed in lots of references from the original.
  3. To transport to base camp, especially by backpack.