no names, no pack-drill

If nobody is named as being responsible for something, then nobody can be blamed and punished. Also used more generally in favour of reticence on a subject. Pack-drill is a military punishment in which the offender is compelled to march up and down in full marching order.

1923 O. ONIONS Peace in our Time I. ii. Men had a way of omitting the names of those of whom they spoke; no names no pack-drill.

1925 S. O’CASEY Juno & Paycock II. 61 I know some as are as sweet as the blossoms that bloom in the May—oh, no names, no pack drill.

2000 P. LOVESEY Reaper iv. 47 ‘Do you know, I’ve heard of churches—no names, no pack-drill—who wait until the end of the year before stomping up.’


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