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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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Tamban (Herring) is major raw material used in the production of canned sardines.
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Muscat: Oman Food Investment Holding Company (OFIC) on Tuesday signed a consulting agreement to prepare a feasibility study for the production and packaging of sardines and seafood.
The sardines had choked to death due to the lack of oxygen in the seawater, according to experts from the Marine Science and Fisheries Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
com GRILLED SARDINES WITH PAPRIKA MAYONNAISE INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4) 8 whole sardines 2tbsp of olive oil Salt and pepper For the mayonnaise: 2 egg yolks 1/2 lemon, juiced 200ml of olive oil handful of French parsely (or flat leaf) handful of chives handful of parsley 1tsp smoked paprika Salt and pepper For the pickled vegetables: 300g of shallots 300g of carrots 300g of red pepper 150ml of white wine vinegar 150ml of white wine 150g of sugar 150ml water METHOD 1.
Spanish sardines sometimes mix with these--they'll be recognizable by their lack of back spots, and, as adults, their long, thin profile.
Some of the suppliers told Gulf Times that sardines are largely brought from Oman where the fish is usually available in big quantities.
Omani waters are rich in many types of marine life, such as crustaceans and mollusks along with Pelagic and Demersal fish particularly sardines, which is a traditional seafood and rich in protein and fat.
PURSE SEINE HOLDINGS HAS EXPANDED ITS LINE of Bela canned sardines to include Bela Sardines in Spring Water.
Sardines are full of flavour, their naturally oily flesh is high in healthy fats and they are rich in protein.