be packed (in) like sardines

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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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Passengers are packed like sardines in suffocating heat, but nobody is there to solve their problem, which has been like this for decades and seems to grow by the day.
Children in Welsh-medium schools are packed like sardines inside crumbling buildings and demand for Welsh schools is increasing.
Some of his reminders: "You are your own altar guild; look after the small linens," "It's summer and they are packed like sardines, so brevity is appreciated."