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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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Let's face it, most of us have had a moan about uncomfortable seats, dirty carriages and being packed like sardines.
Women won't put up with being packed like sardines and pushed around by swaying crowds.