One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A military punishment of marching back and forth carrying full equipment.
- ‘In the interests of anonymity, I cannot name names or call a pack drill.’
no names, no pack drill
Punishment will be prevented if names and details are not mentioned.
- ‘No names, no pack drill, but if you know the area, it's probably obvious where I'm referring to.’
- ‘No names, no pack drill, but you can bet ‘Jimmy Anderson’ is on the tip of his tongue.’
- ‘You know me - no names, no pack drill, no plot leaks.’
- ‘He was gesturing frantically in the direction of one of the president's bodyguards - no names, no pack drill - who was seated alongside him.’
- ‘At the very petrol station I mentioned, I encountered the charming commander - no names, no pack drill - of the aforementioned task force.’
- ‘That, at any rate, is the view of a deputy minister - no names, no pack drill - of our government.’
- ‘It began with a conversation in a North Yorkshire pub - no names, no pack drill - when Tony McGurrin and Tom Watherston discussed the poor state of the glasses in which their drinks were served.’
- ‘My theory is that certain people in high political places - no names, no pack drill - have indeed been putting together an arms cache at the museum.’
- ‘All that leaves me to do is to thank all those record labels, bands and press agents for making these musings possible, no names no pack drill, you know who you are.’
- ‘OK, there might be the odd personality clash with one or two senior members of the cabinet - no names, no pack drill - but this has more to do with unrequited personal ambition than strategic direction.’
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