To send packing
Pack Pack, v. i. 1. To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation. [1913 Webster]

2. To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well. [1913 Webster]

3. To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away. [1913 Webster]

Poor Stella must pack off to town --Swift. [1913 Webster]

You shall pack, And never more darken my doors again. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion. [Obs.] ``Go pack with him.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To send packing}, to drive away; to send off roughly or in disgrace; to dismiss unceremoniously. ``The parliament . . . presently sent him packing.'' --South. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • send packing — Pack Pack (p[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Packed} (p[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Packing}.] [Akin to D. pakken, G. packen, Dan. pakke, Sw. packa, Icel. pakka. See {Pack}, n.] 1. To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • send packing — verb stop associating with They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock • Syn: ↑dismiss, ↑send away, ↑drop • Hypernyms: ↑displace, ↑fire, ↑give notice, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • send packing (to) —  Dismiss, fire from a job.  ► “Mr. Foley isn’t the only Washington state incumbent the voters may send packing.” (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 23, 1994, p. A14) …   American business jargon

  • send packing — phrasal to send off or dismiss roughly or in disgrace …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • send packing — send (someone) packing informal to tell someone to go away, usually because you are annoyed with them. There were some kids at the door asking for money, but I sent them packing …   New idioms dictionary

  • send packing —    If you send someone packing, you tell them to leave, in a very forceful and unfriendly way.     When Amanda discovered that Jack was unfaithful, she sent him packing …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • send packing — vp To fire. He fingered the boss s secretary and they sent him packing. 1820s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • send packing — idi to dismiss curtly …   From formal English to slang

  • Packing — Pack Pack (p[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Packed} (p[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Packing}.] [Akin to D. pakken, G. packen, Dan. pakke, Sw. packa, Icel. pakka. See {Pack}, n.] 1. To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • send — W1S1 [send] v past tense and past participle sent [sent] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(by post etc)¦ 2¦(radio/computer etc)¦ 3¦(person to place)¦ 4 send (somebody) a message/signal 5 send your love/regards/best wishes etc 6¦(cause to move)¦ 7 send… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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