Idioms

    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

1
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

SYNONYMS FOR pack

1 See package.
4 band, company, crew.
5 See flock1
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British Dictionary definitions for pack up (1 of 3)

pack up


verb (adverb)

to put (things) away in a proper or suitable place
informal to give up (an attempt) or stop doing (something)if you don't do your work better, you might as well pack up
(intr) (of an engine, machine, etc) to fail to operate; break down
engineering to use packing to adjust the height of a component or machine before it is secured in its correct position or alignment

British Dictionary definitions for pack up (2 of 3)

pack

1
/ (pæk) /

noun

verb

See also pack in, pack up

Derived Forms

packable, adjective

Word Origin for pack

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

British Dictionary definitions for pack up (3 of 3)

pack

2
/ (pæk) /

verb

(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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Medicine definitions for pack up

pack

[ păk ]

v.

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.

n.

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 up

pack


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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