pack rat


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A person who hoards objects of little worth—e.g., string, old newspapers, etc.—or sentimental value. The pack rat mentality is typical of obsessive-compulsive disorder
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pack rat

Psychiatry A person who hoards objects of little worth–eg, string, old newspapers, etc–and lacking sentimental value; the PR mentality is typical of OCD. Cf Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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As Pack Rat neared the top of the hill, he made another discovery.
Cole and Arundel revealed the local ice age climate by considering the unique temperature gradient of the Grand Canyon along with clues from pack rat scat and fossilized pieces of a plant called Utah agave that turn up in middens.
Mammals such as banner-tailed kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spectabilis) and pack rats (Neotoma albigula) also alter the landscape of desert ecosystems and redistribute nutrients through their activities.
Bassist Bill Wyman-you know, the guy off to the side of the stage who never moves, almost never smiles and locks up with drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Keith Richards to create the oddly fluid chug-a-lug rhythms that have been the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones for a quarter-century-has always been a pack rat. He's saved every scrap of info he ever got his hands on about what has long been billed as The World's Greatest Rock In' Roll Band.
If you have a tendency to be a pack rat, you might have a habit of holding on to things "just in case." To help overcome the pack rat habit, ask yourself the following questions before keeping anything: "If I need this again, can I get it again with reasonable effort?" The answer is almost always yes.
How could they ever have guessed that I would be a pack rat?
1 But the idea caught on with outdoor enthusiasts in northwest Arkansas, and the turning point came in 2010, when Fayettechill was able to get its merchandise into stores such as Lewis & Clark Outfitters and Pack Rat.
And that's what it was: a huge pack rat, almost three times the size of our red squirrel.
A self-proclaimed pack rat and baseball junkie, it's amazing enough that Kaplan was able to read all 501 of these books -- to offer comprehensive summaries of each and every one is a truly remarkable accomplishment.
By tapping on the can with a stick, we determined that it held a pack rat (scientific name: Neotoma cinera, also known as a wood rat or trade rat) almost as large as a cat.
He said Russell was a bit of an eccentric and a pack rat who collected things.
My grandmother, evidently, was a heck of a pack rat. So was my great-aunt.