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pack rat

A person who collects and hoards worthless items. Primarily heard in US. My old roommate was such a pack rat that, after six months, I could barely walk through the living room without tripping over his collection of junk.
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A friend of mine lost his glasses to a pack rat," says Kenneth Cole of the U.
Or maybe one of those Topanga Canyon pack rats, whom I see now as wearing rimless glasses and a cobbler's apron, nipping off marigolds and pansies in the moonlit night, taking them back to cluttered parlors beneath the surface of the dusty, fragrant Topanga earth.
That's for you to decide, but we here at AFS are paid to be information junkies and paper pack rats.
Basements of the pack rats in your family are other possible sources of garden art.