Nearby words

  1. pacify,
  2. pacing catheter,
  3. pacini,
  4. pacinian corpuscle,
  5. pacino,
  6. pack a punch,
  7. pack animal,
  8. pack date,
  9. pack drill,
  10. pack ice


    pack it in,
    1. to give up; abandon one's efforts: In 1972 we packed it in and moved back to Florida.
    2. to cease being a nuisance.

Origin of pack

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English pak, packe < Middle Dutch pac or perhaps Middle Low German pak; (v.) Middle English pakken < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German

1. See package. 4. band, company, crew. 5. See flock1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pack it in


/ (pæk) /



See also pack in, pack up

Derived Formspackable, adjective

Word Origin for pack

C13: related to Middle Low German pak, of obscure origin


/ (pæk) /


(tr) to fill (a legislative body, committee, etc) with one's own supportersto pack a jury

Word Origin for pack

C16: perhaps changed from pact

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Word Origin and History for pack it in
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Medicine definitions for pack it in


[ păk ]


To fill, stuff, plug, or tampon.
To enwrap or envelop the body in a sheet, blanket, or other covering.
To apply a dressing or covering to a surgical site.


The swathing of a patient or body part in hot, cold, wet, or dry materials, such as cloth towels, sheets, or blankets.
The materials so used.
An ice pack; an ice bag.

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Idioms and Phrases with pack it in

pack it in

Stop working or abandon an activity, as in Let's pack it in for the day. This usage alludes to packing one's things before departing, and during World War I became military slang for being killed. It also is used as an imperative ordering someone to stop, as in Pack it in! I've heard enough out of you. In Britain it is also put as pack it up. [Colloquial; early 1900s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with pack

  • pack a punch
  • packed in like sardines
  • pack it in
  • pack off
  • pack them in

also see:

  • Joe six-pack
  • send someone about his or her business (packing)
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