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    i was sure there was an idiom "pack up" meaning that something has gone wrong with the appliance, like in "my car has packed up and I'm stranded here.." but when I started checking, I couldn't find it online. any comments?

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    No, there is a colloquial phrase "packed up" = given up the ghost/broken down/failed. It is very common in BrE.

    pack up Brit. informal (of a machine) break down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I was sure there was an idiom "pack up" meaning that something has gone wrong with an appliance, like in "my car has packed up and I'm stranded here.." But when I started checking, I couldn't find it online. Any comments?
    It is, apparently, strictly British English.

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    I've certainly never heard it over here. I've heard "pack it in," as in "I'm about ready to pack it in," but that means to quit work or to give up.

    [native speaker, not a teacher]

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