Definition of pack drill in US English:

pack drill


  • 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.

      • ‘He was gesturing frantically in the direction of one of the president's bodyguards - no names, no pack drill - who was seated alongside him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the very petrol station I mentioned, I encountered the charming commander - no names, no pack drill - of the aforementioned task force.’
      • ‘No names, no pack drill, but if you know the area, it's probably obvious where I'm referring to.’
      • ‘You know me - no names, no pack drill, no plot leaks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That, at any rate, is the view of a deputy minister - no names, no pack drill - of our government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No names, no pack drill, but you can bet ‘Jimmy Anderson’ is on the tip of his tongue.’


pack drill

/ˈpæk ˌdrɪl//ˈpak ˌdril/