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cram for (something)

To study for a test shortly before it is to happen. You might have gotten a higher grade if you didn't cram for that exam at the last minute.
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cram for a/the test

To study for a test shortly before it is scheduled to take place. You might have gotten a higher grade if you didn't cram for the test at the last minute.
See also: cram, for, test

cram for an/the exam

To study for a test shortly before it is scheduled to take place. You might have gotten a higher grade if you didn't cram for the exam at the last minute.
See also: cram, exam, for

cram in

1. To shove someone or something into something else (which often cannot contain or accommodate it). A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "in." I tried to cram in another jacket, but it just wouldn't fit in my suitcase. Come on, we can cram you in too—make room, kids!
2. By extension, to force one to retain some information, especially large amount over a short space of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "in." I've been trying to cram this last chapter in for an hour, but my brain is totally fried. Don't just cram in these formulas, or you'll never remember them after the test.
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cram into (something)

To shove something into something else (which often cannot contain or accommodate it). A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "into." I tried to cram a jacket into my suitcase, but it just wouldn't fit. We were thrilled to reach our destination after being crammed into a tiny car with each other for hours.
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cram together

1. To put two or more things into something, especially in a forceful or haphazard manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "together." Don't just cram all these things together in the box like that—you'll break something! He crammed together all of the cleaning supplies into a box under the sink.
2. To connect, construct, or assemble something very hastily, carelessly, or forcefully. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "together." No matter how hard I crammed together the two parts, they wouldn't connect the way they were supposed to. She decided to cram the pieces back together with some super glue and hope for the best.
3. To cause or direct two or more people to be very close together inside of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "together." They crammed about 50 of us together in a cramped conference room with no air conditioning for the two-hour-long meeting. We somehow managed to cram together the entire team onto that tiny bus.
4. To schedule many things to happen within a relatively short period of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "together." They crammed together 20 different musical acts over the course of the festival. I usually don't like cramming so many activities together like that, but I only had two weeks, and I didn't know when I would have the opportunity to visit Japan again.
See also: cram, together

cram with (someone or something)

To fill something with more than it can reasonably hold or accommodate. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cram" and "with." Because this room is just totally crammed with people, we're moving everyone into the auditorium. I had crammed my suitcase with so much stuff that I couldn't get it to close.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cram for an examination

 and cram for a test
Fig. to study very hard for an exam. I have to go cram fora test now. If you would study during the school term, you would not have to cram.
See also: cram, examination, for

cram someone or something into something

 and cram someone or something in
to stuff or crush someone or something into something. Can you really cram seven kids into that car? He crammed in his clothes and closed the drawer.
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cram someone or something with someone or something

to fill someone or something by stuffing with someone or something. You won't be happy till you cram all of us with cake and ice cream. He crammed his drawer with his socks.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cram

in. to study hard at the last minute for a test. If you would study all the time, you wouldn’t need to cram.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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