Meaning of “packed/squashed like sardines” in the English Dictionary

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"packed/squashed like sardines" in British English

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packed/squashed like sardines

If people are packed or squashed like sardines, they are positioned very close together so that they cannot move:

We were squashed like sardines in the rush-hour train.

(Definition of “packed/squashed like sardines” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)