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for send packing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Pack \Pack\ (p[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Packed (p[a^]kt); p.
pr. & vb. n. Packing.] [Akin to D. pakken, G. packen, Dan.
pakke, Sw. packa, Icel. pakka. See Pack, n.]
1. To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a
pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack;
to press into close order or narrow compass; as, to pack
goods in a box; to pack fish.
Strange materials packed up with wonderful art.
Where . . . the bones
Of all my buried ancestors are packed. --Shak.
2. To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and
securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or
to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to
crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the
audience, packs the theater.
3. To shuffle, sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as
to secure the game unfairly; to stack (the deck).
[1913 Webster +PJC]
And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown.
4. Hence: To bring together or make up unfairly and
fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; to
stack; as, to pack a jury or a caucus.
The expected council was dwindling into . . . a
packed assembly of Italian bishops. --Atterbury.
5. To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot. [Obs.]
He lost life . . . upon a nice point subtilely
devised and packed by his enemies. --Fuller.
6. To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to
pack a horse.
Our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey.
7. To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings;
esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; to send
packing; -- sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to
He . . . must not die
Till George be packed with post horse up to heaven.
8. To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e.,
on the backs of men or beasts). [Western U.S.]
9. (Hydropathy) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within
numerous coverings. See Pack, n., 5.
10. (Mech.) To render impervious, as by filling or
surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust
so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or
steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam
11. To cover, envelop, or protect tightly with something;
specif. (Hydropathy), to envelop in a wet or dry sheet,
within numerous coverings.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a
child out of wedlock" [syn: dismiss, send packing,
send away, drop]
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