When we stop doing something we mostly tend to say that we just stopped or we quit. Similarly, we might ask someone to quit or stop.
It’s a British quirk, an English one at least, right across the classes to say something different:
“No thanks, I’ve packed the booze in.”
“It’s time you packed in with those cigarettes.”
For some reason we’re obsessed with shoving things inside something else. And I’m not talking about sex here.
But what is it we’re packing the booze and the cigarettes into?
Furthermore, if you see somebody shouting at somebody you might feel inclined to tell the aggressor to, “Pack it in.”
All this shoving things into other things makes me tired. Can we just pack it in?