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be squashed (in) like sardines

To be very tightly or snugly squashed together, especially in a small space. We didn't want to take more than one car, so we had to be squashed like sardines in Jeff's little sedan for the four-hour drive to Moab. Having a concert in our friend's café was such a good idea! Sure, we were squashed in like sardines, but everyone had a great time.
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squash (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 squashed 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 squash people in like sardines, but everyone had a great time. I wish you would just let us buy you a bigger backpack! It makes my own back hurt watching you squash those books like sardines into your little shoulder bag.
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squashed (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 squashed like sardines in Jeff's little sedan. Having a concert in our friends café was such a good idea! Sure, we were squashed in like sardines, but everyone had a great time.
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be packed (in) like sardines

To be 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 be packed like sardines in Jeff's little sedan for the four-hour drive to Moab. 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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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. I wish you would just let us buy you a bigger backpack! It makes my own back hurt watching you pack those books like sardines into your little shoulder bag.
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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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pack someone or something (in) like sardines

Fig. to squeeze in as many people or things as possible. (From the way that many sardines are packed into a can.) They packed us in like sardines. There was no room to breathe. They packed in the people like sardines. Dave got a box and packed old negatives in like sardines.
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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 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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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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Campos said catching sardines would be more sustainable if they are allowed to mature for at least two years, so they can reproduce more.
The DA chief then assuages concerns over the fisherfolks lack of livelihood during closed seasons when they cannot go out to the open sea to fish sardines.
Apart from the government, the industry itself does not want to have a national management framework for sardines because they think it will add another regulatory layer," Flores added.
Portuguese sardines are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified.
You even could heat up the sardines that come packed in extra-virgin olive oil if you wanted to get fancy.
An attempt to explain interannual variations of sardine landings on the basis of fluctuating environmental characteristics has a 100 year history (Hornell, 1910; Longhurst and Wooster, 1990; Kawasaki, 1991; Al-Jufaili, 2007; George et al.
Since the mid-1980s, assessments of sardine in the CCE have been based on fisheries-independent estimates of their abundance from spring surveys off California conducted with the daily-egg-production method (DEPM; Lasker, 1985).
The largest sardine sampled in this study was a female with a total length of 22.
The Sardine Hill drill holes found weathered to fresh and unoxidized saprolite, and host bedrock, with characteristic chlorite-ankerite-sericite-tourmaline-epidote alteration.
Imagine our school of sardines if 75 percent of the fish decided they didn't care what direction they swam in--chaos would quickly ensue.
Herring, mackerel and sardines are vibrant green and purple, scales intact.
49/110g), Grilled Sardines (rsp: 99p/100g) and Peri Peri Sardines (rsp: 90p/120g) will be rolled out across the major multiples in early September.
Trapped in a giant finger-shaped cauldron, the humble sardine swims northwards creating South Africa's great sardine run.
Divide among plates and top each salad with a few canned sardine fillets.
The sardine run typically includes up to 10 million fish.