Definition of pack someone off in English:

pack someone off

phrasal verb

informal
  • Send someone somewhere without much warning or notice:

    ‘I was packed off to hospital for surgery’
    • ‘When I was twelve my dad packed me off to computer camp.’
    • ‘I packed him off to bed but he couldn't settle and he definitely couldn't sleep.’
    • ‘He discovered a hitherto undetected fracture and packed me off to North Shore Hospital.’
    • ‘The problem became so intolerable that I was packed off to the child psychiatrist to find out what was wrong with me and why I was causing the bullies to target me.’
    • ‘When my children were younger, I was never too keen on the idea of packing them off for long durations of summer camp.’
    • ‘From there he was packed off to Carmel College and then he went to London University to study economics.’
    • ‘When I was 5, my mother packed me off to a boarding school in Kuala Lumpur as there were no proper schools where we lived in Kuala Krai, Kelantan.’
    • ‘However, the war effort said they could use him as an Air Force policeman, so he was packed off to Police College and then sent to Malta, where he was stationed for the next four years.’
    • ‘But when I asked about her plans for child rearing she replied: ‘They'll have a nanny until they're 12 and then I'll pack them off to boarding school.’’
    • ‘He spoke of how he felt he had been packed off to school at an early age with little contact with either his mother or his father.’
    send off, dispatch, dismiss, bundle off
    send packing
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