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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PACK

When you pack your wardrobes put a few spring-beds in your trunk.

There was only one thing to do—make up the pack as soon as possible and leave the place.

And now I must pack up a few necessaries in my bag, and be off to Mr. Brunton's.

The slave-hunter was sent for and came with his pack of dogs that same day about noon.

The moment she was in her room, Amy began to pack a small carpet-bag.

Which is an additional inducement to pack him off to school.

They are a pack of ignorant blockheads; you are suffering from the lungs.

After him came the pack, animals, so that they could make a path for us.

Daniel Claus had set up a pack of hounds, equal in breed to Sir William's.

He learned of him how to play the dice, and a pack the cards—he paid him L1,000.

WORD ORIGIN

"bundle," early 13c., probably from a Low German word (cf. Middle Dutch pac, pack "bundle," Middle Low German pak, Middle Flemish pac, attested from late 12c.), originally a term of wool traders in Flanders; or possibly from Old Norse pakki. All are of unknown origin.

Italian pacco is a Dutch loan word; French pacque probably is from Flemish. Meaning "set of persons" (usually of a low character) is c.1300, older than sense of "group of hunting animals" (early 15c.). Extended to collective sets of playing cards (1590s), floating ice (1791), cigarettes (1924), and submarines (1943). Meaning "knapsack on a frame" is attested from 1916. Pack of lies first attested 1763.

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