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Packed to the Rafters

What Does "Packed to the Rafters" Mean?

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"Packed to the rafters" is an English idiom. It means "completely full or overcrowded with people or things."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "packed to the rafters" used in a sentence:
  • The concert hall was packed to the rafters with enthusiastic fans.
  • The party was so popular that the venue was packed to the rafters.
  • The tiny bookstore was packed to the rafters with book lovers during the author's signing event.
meaning for packed to the rafters

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Packed to the Rafters" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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