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cram / kram/ • v. (crammed , cram·ming ) [tr.] (often be crammed) completely fill (a place or container) to the point that it appears to be overflowing: the ashtray by the bed was crammed with cigarette butts. ∎  [intr.] (of a number of people) enter a place or space that is or seems to be too small to accommodate all of them. ∎  put (something) quickly or roughly into something that is or appears to be too small to contain it: he crammed the sandwiches into his mouth | fig. he had crammed so much into his short life. ∎  [intr.] study intensively over a short period of time just before an examination.

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cram OE. (ġe)crammian, corr. to MLG. kremmen, ON. kremja squeeze, pinch, Du. krammen cramp, clamp, MHG. krammen claw; f. Gmc. *kram- *krem-; cf. OE. (ġe)crimman cram, stuff, and further L. gremium bosom, OSl. gramada, Lith. grāmatas heap, Skr. grāma- group of men.

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Cram

a dense crowd; a crush; a squeeze, 1858.

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