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be packing (heat)

To have one or more firearms, especially handguns, currently on one's person. I wouldn't go near that guy if I were you. I hear he's packing! I make sure I'm always packing heat when I go through this part of town.
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pack heat

To have one or more firearms, especially handguns, currently on one's person. Everyone in that gang packs heat, so I'd steer clear of them if I were you! I make sure I'm always packing heat when I go through this part of town.
See also: heat, pack

pack on the pounds

To put on weight quickly, especially a large or excessive amount. Wow, Jim really packed on the pounds on while he was on his sabbatical. I'm trying to pack on the pounds so I can make it on the football team this fall!
See also: on, pack, pound

pack (someone or something) (in) like sardines

To fit many people or things very tightly or snugly into a small space. We didn't want to take more than one car, so Jeff packed us like sardines in his little sedan for the four-hour drive to Moab. Having a concert in our friends café was such a good idea! Sure, we had to pack people in like sardines, but everyone had a great time.
See also: like, pack, sardine

pack a punch

1. Literally, to be able to strike someone powerfully. For such a scrawny kid, George sure can pack a punch—even the older kids are afraid of him!
2. By extension, to have a powerful effect or impact. I don't like spicy food, so I hope this salsa doesn't pack a punch.
See also: pack, punch

send someone packing

Fig. to send someone away; to dismiss someone, possibly rudely. I couldn't stand him anymore, so I sent him packing. The maid proved to be so incompetent that I had to send her packing.
See also: packing, send

pack a punch

Also, pack a wallop.
1. Be capable of a forceful blow; also, deliver a forceful blow. For example, Knowing Bob could pack a wicked punch, they were careful not to anger him, or She swung her handbag, really packing a wallop. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
2. Have a powerful effect, as in That vodka martini packed a wallop. Thomas Wolfe had this figurative usage in a letter (c. 1938): "I think my play, The House, will pack a punch."
See also: pack, punch

send someone about his or her business

Also, send someone packing. Dismiss someone abruptly, as in They always ring the bell at suppertime, asking for signatures, but I send them about their business , or The owner caught Jack taking small items from the store and sent him packing. The first term, which in effect tells people to tend to their own affairs, was first recorded in 1768; the variant, alluding to telling people to pack their bags and leave, was first recorded in 1594. Also see send away.
See also: business, send

pack a punch

INFORMAL
COMMON If something packs a punch, it has a very powerful effect. He is known for designing clothes that really pack a punch. The advert packs a punch with its straightforward, real, no-tricks approach. Note: People also sometimes say that something packs a wallop. Many years after it was made, this movie still packs a wallop.
See also: pack, punch

send someone packing

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone sends another person packing, they tell them very forcefully to leave a place, or to leave their job. The footballer was sent packing after a very public row with the coach. Lowe sent him packing after finding out about his lies.
See also: packing, send

packing a gun

tv. carrying a gun. The crook was packing a gun and carrying a knife in his hand.
See also: gun, packing

send packing

To dismiss (someone) abruptly.
See also: packing, send
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