packed in like sardines

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.
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So welcome to a country where we will be all packed in like sardines by massive failures by the MP ostriches.
RAIL passengers may continue to be packed in like sardines on some of Britain's most overcrowded trains because of newts.
THEY grow up to 18ft long and weigh well over a tonne - but these beluga whales are packed in like sardines as they begin their summer migration.
Then the slaves, packed in like sardines, were taken on the long voyage to the Caribbean islands, a large number of them dying on the journey.
No, the leather-clad hordes were packed in like sardines.
Disabled driver Barbara Booth, of Rothesay, said: "We are often packed in like sardines when there is plenty of room on the deck.
Such good spirits everywhere, even when packed in like sardines.
My wife used to travel from South Queensferry to Edinburgh everyday, and by the time the trains came over the Forth Bridge to Dalmeny, people were already packed in like sardines.
It was a disgrace how much space there was in the Golden Circle, while we were packed in like sardines.
Very laudable but have the authorities experienced rush-hour travel, on the Tube or on trains, packed in like sardines, with little room to breathe, andno personal space?