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. (mountain climbing) To transport to base camp, especially by backpack.