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packed to the rafters

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is packed to the rafters! Her mind was packed to the rafters with ideas for her new book. I felt packed to the rafters after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
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shake to the rafters

Of a building, to seem to physically shake because the people inside are so noisy or enthusiastic. That group rocks hard, man. Every venue on the tour will shake to the rafters. The gym seemed to shake to the rafters when the home team forced overtime at the last second.
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to the rafters

1. Literally, to the ceiling (rafters) of an arena or building. Most often used of celebrated athletes whose jerseys are displayed from the rafters of their former home arena after their playing careers have ended. If you keep scoring like this, you'll go to the rafters one day too, like Gretzky and Coffey before you. Bobby's jersey is being raised to the rafters tonight in a pre-game ceremony.
2. To an extreme, possibly excessive, degree. Her mind was packed to the rafters with ideas for her new book. I have no interest in seeing that movie because it's been talked about to the rafters.
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It was a fine apartment in which we found ourselves, large, lofty, and heavily raftered with huge baulks of age-blackened oak.
I hewed the main timbers six inches square, most of the studs on two sides only, and the rafters and floor timbers on one side, leaving the rest of the bark on, so that they were just as straight and much stronger than sawed ones.
Rafter to the board of directors of the company and the bank.
But we will provide general plans for building an all-in-one rafter and wall system that will provide a basic greenhouse structure for you to "fill in the blanks" with windows, doors, and treated plywood.
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Australian Tennis legend Pat Rafter will be back on the hardcourt of Melbourne, ending his 15-year retirement to team with fellow Aussie tennis icon Lleyton Hewitt in the men's doubles competition at the 2014 Australian Open Championship.
PAT RAFTER is making a comeback to play doubles with Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open.
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Michael Rafter, a member of Great Barr Club, was on the tenth fairway of the course in Chapel Lane when he suffered a heart attack.
Utah came close to Montana's approach after a 2008 state Supreme Court decision that involved a rafter who got out to wade and fish and moved fencing the landowner had placed across the river.
Rafter is super unfocused, but it's the kind of unfocused that is idiosyncratic and full of weird sounds made listenable by their place within the song's structure.