pack rat

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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.
See also: pack, rat
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For a person, life as a pack rat is one of obsessively collecting, say, newspapers, computer parts, food containers, or maybe all of these.
A friend of mine lost his glasses to a pack rat," says Kenneth Cole of the U.
There's a pack rat with three vacant, junk-filled houses over on upscale Greenbush Avenue in Sherman Oaks, where you can't touch a home these days for under a half-million bucks.
Piles of debris around a cactus, bush, or tree are signs that a pack rat is in residence.
If you have a tendency to be a pack rat, you might have a habit of holding on to things "just in case.