pack (someone or something) off to (some place)(redirected from ship off to)
pack (someone or something) off to (some place)
To send someone or something to a certain location, often (of a person) abruptly, hastily, or unceremoniously. The kids were starting to drive us crazy, so we packed them off to a summer camp for a few weeks. We're excited to announce that we'll be packing the first copies of the book off to stores tomorrow!
pack someone off (to someone or something)
to send someone away to someone or some place. Laura just packed all the kids off to summer camp. She packed off the kids to their camp. After a lot of planning and a few tears, she packed them all off.
pack something off (to someone or something)
to send something to someone or something. I will pack the books off to you immediately. She packed off the books to my home address. Harry found the books I wanted and packed them off.
Also, pack someone or something off . Send someone (or something) away unceremoniously, as in As soon as the children are packed off to bed, I'll call you back, or She told Anne she'd pack her things off as soon as she had a chance. [First half of 1700s]
To send someone away to some place, especially in a hurry or without his or her consent: The neighbors packed their children off to boarding school. When I went on vacation, I packed off the dogs to the kennel before leaving.
1. To leave, as for a distant place: The soldier shipped off to the war zone. I said goodbye to my friends because I was shipping off the next day.
2. To send something or someone, as to a distant place: They shipped the prisoners off to an offshore island. We shipped off the packages.