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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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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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be packed like sardines

if people are packed like sardines, there are a large number of them in a small space There were twenty people packed like sardines into a van.
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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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We've always had our sardines based in extra virgin olive oil, but our customers have asked for a water-packed, so we finally did it and it has been accepted very well and picked up by Sprouts Farmers Markets and some Whole Foods divisions," says Joshua Scherz, manager at Purse Seine Holdings, based in Natick, Mass.
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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.
On the strength of this result, Sugihara's team called on managers to reverse course and once again factor in ocean temperature when forecasting sardine population change.
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).
Those sardines have a special adaptation--the lateral line--that helps them sense the close presence of other sardines around them.
Hitting back: Architect Salim Hussain (right), with Bournville College Assistant Principal David Collins has defended the design of a new campus building dubbed the Sardine Can
Brush sardines with olive oil, rub over some oregano, then grill skin side down for four to five minutes until cooked.
The sardine is a pelagic shoaling fish of the herring family that prefers the cool water and feeds on plankton.
But if we fish one of the aforesaid pilchards out of a tin, wash off the ubiquitous tomato sauce and look closer, what we have is a large sardine.
Divide among plates and top each salad with a few canned sardine fillets.
The sardine run typically includes up to 10 million fish.
Over the past half-century, the company has evolved from a sardine canner to offer a diversified range of fishery products in cans, pouches, bags and boxes.
Trains that pack in passengers like a sardine tin will be placed under the spotlight.
FEELING LIKE A SARDINE -- WITHOUT THE OIL: On Saturday, multiple award winners (Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren), elected officials (Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa), big guys (Henry Simmons and Robert Rodriguez), directors (Stephen Frears), couples (Matthew Perry and Lauren Graham), starlets (Emmanuelle Chirqui and Malin Akerman) and twins (the Olsen sisters) all perfected the Chateau Marmont two-step shuffle.