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[pak-rat] /ˈpækˌræt/
verb (used with object), pack-ratted, pack-ratting. Informal.
to save in the manner of a pack rat:
I’m looking through the stuff my grandpa pack-ratted away in the attic.
Also, packrat. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin and History for pack ratted
common name for the N.Amer. bushytailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) is attested from 1885, from pack (v.), from the rodent's habit of dragging objects off to their holes. Used figuratively or allusively of persons who won't discard anything from c.1850, which means either the rat's name is older than that or the human sense is the original one.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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