crowd in some place
1. To gather closely around someone or something. Often followed by "on" and then a particular person or thing. When the teacher announced story time, the kids all crowded in. I hate when people crowd in on a buffet as soon as it's served. Reporters crowded in on the famous actor as he left the courtroom.
2. To fill a space with more people than it can reasonably hold or accommodate. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crowd" and "in." We can't crowd in anyone else, unless we move the lecture to the auditorium. They crowded us all in the tiny van instead of paying for a second one.
See also: crowd
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crowd in(to) some placeand crowd in
to push or squeeze into some place. Please don't try to crowd into this place. Too many people are trying to crowd in.
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