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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.
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Pack-rat homeowners have been known to strip a crowded house of half their possessions and stow them in a rented commercial locker.
A voracious pack-rat, Mark Twain hoarded his readers' letters as did few of his contemporaries.
Being a bit of a pack-rat, I came across some files I used during my time on the marketing faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock a decade ago.
Six years of magazines, and I'm not the pack-rat type
The basic Dropbox service includes 30 days of undo history; an upgraded service called Pack-Rat offers unlimited undo.
Transform Your Middle Schooler From a Backpack Pack-rat to a Planning Pro.
It's not a big shift, but looking back over the years of submissions (I'm a pack-rat for email and other computer files), the balance between IFR and VFR is slipping to the visual.
The author's pack-rat mentality, unified by solipsism and a tendency to metaphysical speculation, expresses itself in the photographs, maps, and other bricabrac that punctuate his weird melange of fiction, autobiography, and history.
For starters, the less stuff we accumulate in the first place the less we have to pick up and move elsewhere--so fighting the pack-rat urge and minimizing trips to shopping malls in the first place are good prerequisites.
My wife keeps reading magazine articles about how to cure the pack-rat syndrome," Bishoff said.
Among the guests are: Michael's best man, Rich (Aaron Stanford), who's having commitment issues with girlfriend Samantha (Melissa Sagemiller); Lana (Mena Suvari), a sarcastic blonde with a history of rotten relationships; and Pockets (an endearing Jon Abrahams), so named for his amusing pack-rat tendencies, though it could also refer to his emotional baggage involving Lana and their mysterious past.
When does pack-rat eccentricity spill over into mental illness?
Gary has found a pack-rat midden made out of cholla and shrapnel.
The two paleoclimatologists used the types of plants found in fossil pack-rat middens -- massive piles of plant fragments and debris collected by the rats and preserved for thousands of years by mummification -- to verify a National Center for Atmospheric Research computer model.