One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Crowded very close together, as sardines are in cans.
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- ‘Commuters are packed in buses like sardines and have no voice to air their grievances on not only overloading but also over-speeding as they are driven to their deaths and fatal injuries.’
- ‘Looking at the roasting masses packed like sardines on the Mediterranean beaches in August, and comparing this to the serenity of the fjords and mountains, it is easy to believe the Victorians got it right.’
- ‘As I got older, packed like sardines, groups of us went in cars and vans to the Ritz Ballroom in Carlow and the Carlton in Kilkenny where the showbands were all the rage and we danced from 9’
- ‘They were brought in trucks, packed like sardines, without food and water to the city where dealers carried them upside down, squawking in anguish, to their shops to be slaughtered in front of other birds.’
- ‘News photographers, packed like sardines and hanging precariously in open top jeeps, riding ahead of the VVIP and trying to get a closer view of the person (read exclusive view), is a common sight.’
- ‘Rare is the TV program or illustrated book about slavery that does not show a detailed, diagramlike top-down view of rows of slaves' bodies packed like sardines into a ship.’
- ‘Though a total of 78 were charged with conspiracy only 57 appeared in the specially enlarged dock where they stood, packed like sardines for seven hours on the opening day of the trial.’
- ‘Looking at the roasting masses packed like sardines on polluted Mediterranean beaches in August, and comparing this to the serenity of the fjords and mountains, one thinks that perhaps the Victorians got it right.’
- ‘Passengers are also being left at platforms or forced to stand, and packed like sardines because trains are not long enough, according to the rail group of Transport 2000's West Yorkshire branch which sent the letter.’
- ‘After being herded onto the railway station, hundreds of these Bangladeshis are thrown savagely into box compartments with luggage and food-grains, packed like sardines in a can.’
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