pack up (2) Informal
Meaning: If something packs up, it stops working and needs to be fixed.Synonym: break
- pack up Why does my air conditioner have to pack up on Friday? I can't get it fixed til Monday, and it's going to be a really hot weekend!
- pack up Stan's printer has packed up again! Why doesn't he just get a new one?
pack up (2): computer, printer, television, refrigerator, air conditioner, camera, phone
Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
My camera has packed up, so I'll have to