packed in like sardines
Extremely crowded, as in I could barely breathe—we were packed in like sardines. This term, alluding to how tightly sardines are packed in cans, has been applied to human crowding since the late 1800s.
English Expressions From India That We Should All Be UsingIndia is a top contender for using English in the most creative ways. We love these Indian English expressions so much, we have one question for the country: Can we use them, too?
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