pack rat


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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.
See also: pack, rat
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With a twitch of his whiskers, Pack Rat left the yo-yo and began rolling the roller skate up the hill to his house.
Yes, 2008 is sure to be the year of the pack rat. Now it's up to companies like us to make sure it's also the year of the storage vendor.
Animal pack rats, I learned after doing some research, store an ever-expanding collection of artifacts and ecofacts in their nests, known as middens, or refuse heaps.
"A friend of mine lost his glasses to a pack rat," says Kenneth Cole of the U.S.
Also, researchers constantly struggle with a clear reference, but in certain regions they have been able to develop a historical range of variability, as Botkin suggested, from photos, written records, preserved areas, fire scars, pack rat middens, lake bed pollen, and other sources.
I'm a pack rat, I can't resist this stuff; besides, it's too unwieldy to pack all those steaks and bagels from the focus group dinners and breakfasts.
The influence of two burrowing rodents, Dipodomys spectabilis spectabilis (kangaroo rat) and Neotoma albigula albigula (pack rat) on desert soils in Arizona.
Regularly scheduled are Nat Hentoff's "Getting It Right" the first week of each month, Allan Wolper's "Ethics Corner" the second week, and Alicia Mundy's "Pack Rat" the third week.
One imagines Frost's art emerging from a pack rat's studio piled high with rotting treasures from vacant lots and abandoned buildings: rusting lockers and cubbyhole cabinets (the latter, filled with old-fashioned curvy Coke bottles, is a key component of E.O.
Defining Characteristics: The pack rat can't throw anything away.
How much creativity is lost in such natural preferences, but how cluttered my life becomes when I indulge my inclination to be a "pack rat" who saves every scrap.
She has published three books, Pack Rat (Reference West, 1992), fire water (Ekstasis, 1994), and The Uncertainty Factor/As a Rock (Tears in the Fence, 1995).
Does the inbox on your desk look like a pack rat's nest?
Perry Pack Rat arrived with a huge ball of twine, an umbrella, a fishbowl, a bagful of rocks, a bent bicycle wheel, and his big wooden box.
* Avoid coming into contact with rodentsand rodent burrowsot disturbing dens (such as pack rat nests).