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
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How to use pack up in a sentence
“Change can be exciting,” Cuomo says to Richards as he helps her pack up her office.
I had managed to pack up my life and was suddenly going to be in New York for six months.OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time | Kevin Fallon | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ‘heroes’ also do not plan to pack up and head back to a cozy life with their Robins and Lois Lanes.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan? | Vijai Maheshwari | February 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“If you put it that way, Jon, maybe I should just pack up and go home,” he said.
Queen Beatrix may be ready to pack up and go, but here in Blighty, like it or not, our Kings and Queens have a job for life.Queen Beatrix May Have Abdicated, But Queen Elizabeth Never Will, Insiders Say | Tom Sykes | January 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dorothy cleared off the table, and went to her own room to pack up her clothes, and prepare for her journey.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
In consequence of this resolution, and convinced that I should not sleep if I went to bed, I began to pack up my things.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
I have already written to the school to tell them to pack up and send me all my books and clothes.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
Kurt, who was usually the first to pack up his papers, was still scribbling away after Mea had laid hers away.Maezli | Johanna Spyri
He sent directions to Mary to pack up at once and travel with the least possible delay to Este.The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) | Florence A. Thomas Marshall