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pack in (2) British and Australian English Informal

Meaning: If you pack something in, you stop doing it.

Synonym: quit

For example:

  • pack sth in It's going to rain, so let's pack it in and finish the job in the morning.

  • pack in sth After working for a month as a builder, James packed in the job and went to China to teach English.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

After working in his job for thirty years, Tony packed it in and
  1. went back to school
  2. worked even harder
  3. kept it for later

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