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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With a twitch of his whiskers, Pack Rat left the roller skate and dug the pail out of the mud.
Cole and Arundel revealed the local ice age climate by considering the unique temperature gradient of the Grand Canyon along with clues from pack rat scat and fossilized pieces of a plant called Utah agave that turn up in middens.
Allow the pack rat to be an active participant in the process that determines the efficacy of the technologies.
The myriad details, the strength of the pack rat, are what makes Stone Alone both slow going and hard to put down.
And that's what it was: a huge pack rat, almost three times the size of our red squirrel.
A self-proclaimed pack rat and baseball junkie, it's amazing enough that Kaplan was able to read all 501 of these books -- to offer comprehensive summaries of each and every one is a truly remarkable accomplishment.
By tapping on the can with a stick, we determined that it held a pack rat (scientific name: Neotoma cinera, also known as a wood rat or trade rat) almost as large as a cat.
He said Russell was a bit of an eccentric and a pack rat who collected things.
My grandmother, evidently, was a heck of a pack rat.
Think of children's toys and pets, junk from the garage saved by the pack rat in the family.
00) tells of a young pack rat who loves to collect things and arrange them in a special room which attracts the curious.
Simply open your pack, access your Pack Rat and there it is.
Recognizing that just one organizational system is not for everyone, the authors have devised solutions that provide 10 different systems to match 10 basic personality types such as perfectionist plus, hopper, fence sitter, pack rat and total slob.
The pack rat often amasses middens (loosely covered surface heaps), each containing more than 100 pounds of nuts.
The sheer quantity and variety of urban detritus underfoot turned most everyone around into some sort of rabidly scavenging pack rat.