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pack down

To press, push, or tamp something downward to compress it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pack" and "down." I packed down the clothes as far as I could, but I still couldn't get the suitcase shut. We'll need to pack the soil down to create a strong foundation for the concrete.
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pack something down

to make something more compact; to press something in a container down so it takes less space. The traffic packed down the snow. Pack the grass down in the basket so the basket will hold more.
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pack down

[for something] to settle down in a container. The cereal has packed down in the box so that it seems that the box is only half full. Everything was packed down carefully inside.
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eurostar.com GADGET OF THE WEEK GB Pockit Stroller PS149.95 A buggy that packs down to 30 x 18 x 35cm is the stuff of most parents' dreams.
The full zip jacket with a hood packs down into a small pocket.
He packs down on the blindside flank as the Blues show four changes from the side beaten 35-27 by Munster in Cork last weekend.
The Ponteland product packs down at No 8 in a side coached by former Falcons director of rugby John Fletcher.
Feather-light, this nylon jacket niftily packs down into a pocket-sized pouch after you've survived those passing winds.
12 ( ANI ): An inventor has designed a folding Morpher bicycle helmet that packs down flat, so that users can easily carry it without hauling the regular helmet around.
Here's a flats boat which packs down to the size of a large suitcase.
ITALIAN giant Martin Castrogiovanni will be out to make up for lost time when he packs down for Italy against Scotland in the battle of the basement boys.
Andrew Sheridan, returning from injury, packs down next to Steve Thompson and Dan Cole.
Warburton has been handed Blues colleague Williams' No.7 shirt and packs down in the back row alongside Newport-Gwent Dragons prospect Dan Lydiate and No.8 Jonathan Thomas.
Rees has been ruled out with a recurrence of groin trouble, so Cardiff Blues' Gareth Williams packs down in the front-row alongside props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones.
The new Compressor jacket and gilet are super-lightweight, very compressible--the gilet packs down to the size of a tennis ball--and, most importantly, extremely warm.
RUGBY UNION: Ceri Jones will summon all his experience on what for him is the foreign side of the scrum when he packs down for Wales against Australia at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.
Alex Moreno packs down in Tigers' front-row in Ayerza place alongside George Chuter and Julian White.