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  • n. Plural form of pack-rat.


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  • And because biomedical researchers are pack-rats who never throw away anything that might one day be useful, they also had in the freezer some samples from children who had developed MRSA infections in the hospital sometime in the 1990s.


  • On the other hand, coming from generations of pack-rats has its benefits.

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  • I was raised in a home of pack-rats with a mom who is a messie, too.

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  • Many in the profession seems to act more like pack-rats than scientists.

    Woodhouse's Temperature Proxies!!! « Climate Audit

  • I'm doomed to be one of those reclusive pack-rats that lives in a tiny apartment littered with stacks of books and papers in every nook and cranny.

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  • The roof had given way and a family of pack-rats nested by the stone hearth.

    Last Sword Of Power

  • Ben had known the breed since boyhood, and he hated them as he hated coyotes and pack-rats.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • There were two or three sacks, perhaps filled with provisions, hanging from the ceiling, safely out of the reach of the omnivorous pack-rats that often wreak such havoc in unoccupied cabins.

    The Snowshoe Trail

  • Hearing nothing more he dropped back on his pillow sleepily, vowing fresh vengeance on the pack-rats who at that moment no doubt were carrying off rice and rolled oats.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • He was not sure that he had not dreamed it or that it was not merely renewed activities on the part of his enemies, the pack-rats, between whom and himself there waged constant war.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots


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