packed like sardines

packed (in) like sardines

Very tightly or snugly packed together, especially in a small space. We didn't want to take more than one car, so we had to drive for about four hours packed like sardines in Jeff's little sedan. Having a concert in our friends café was such a good idea! Sure, we were packed in like sardines, but everyone had a great time.
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packed (in) like sardines

Fig. packed very tightly. It was terribly crowded there. We were packed in like sardines. The bus was full. The passengers were packed like sardines.
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packed like sardines

If a group of people are packed like sardines, they are standing very close together because there is not enough room in an enclosed space. We were packed like sardines in the ship and could barely move. Note: Other words such as crammed, jammed or squashed are sometimes used instead of packed. The male sauna was really packed. There were about five people squashed in there like sardines. Note: The image here is of tinned sardines which have been tightly packed.
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packed like sardines

crowded very close together.
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packed (together) like sarˈdines

(informal) (of people) pressed tightly together in a way that is uncomfortable or unpleasant: On the tube in the rush hour the passengers are packed like sardines.
Sardines are a type of fish that are usually sold packed tightly together in small tins.
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It certainly brought back a few memories especially the promotion game at Orient in 1972 when we were packed like sardines in a tin behind the goal where Bob got the winner, there was a bomb scare, a pitch invasion and, I think, the game didn't finish till well past nine o'clock and was it a 7.
Us mere mortals usually find ourselves with our faces stuffed into the sweaty armpit of an overweight stranger as we ride to work packed like sardines.
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The pleasure of standing on a hot, single decker bus packed like sardines, paying outrageous fares.
They were very close together and were laid out as if packed like sardines.
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