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pack rat

A person who collects and hoards worthless items. Primarily heard in US. My old roommate was such a pack rat that, after six months, I could barely walk through the living room without tripping over his collection of junk.
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A friend of mine lost his glasses to a pack rat," says Kenneth Cole of the U.
Or maybe one of those Topanga Canyon pack rats, whom I see now as wearing rimless glasses and a cobbler's apron, nipping off marigolds and pansies in the moonlit night, taking them back to cluttered parlors beneath the surface of the dusty, fragrant Topanga earth.
That's for you to decide, but we here at AFS are paid to be information junkies and paper pack rats.
While hanging on to stuff longer is not a problem it becomes even more important for people to have systems in place to avoid the appearance of becoming a pack rat.
Basements of the pack rats in your family are other possible sources of garden art.
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Does that mean people are more likely to become pack rats if given the opportunity?
They're just a few of the 64 pack rats city Fire Inspector Dennis Bogard is currently keeping an eye on, trying to get them to clean up their places before they face fines or even jail time.
In these times of economic uncertainty, savvy pack rats have found they can help make ends meet the old-fashioned way: Scouring garage sales, swap meets and their own closets for a profit.
And if you do still have them, you automatically qualify for the Pack Rats Hall of Fame.