Giddon stood, cramming his hands into the pockets of his jeans as he frowned down at Lisa.
Adrienne screamed, cramming her foot into the floor as if she, too, had a break pedal.
"I have often noted," writes John Taylor, the water-poet, in his Jack a Lent (1620), "that if any superfluous feasting or gormandizing, paunch-cramming assembly do meet, it is so ordered that it must be either in Lent, upon a Friday, or a fasting: for the meat does not relish well except it be sauced with disobedience and comtempt of authority."
2 a In discussing the value of medieval examinations of the kind described, Paulsen (The German Universities (1906), p. 25) asserts that they were well adapted to increase a student's alertness, his power of comprehending new ideas, and his ability quickly and surely to assimilate them to his own, and that " they did more to enable [students] to grasp a subject than the mute and solitary reviewing and cramming of our modern examinations can possibly do."
The days before these ordeals take place are spent in cramming your mind with mystic formula and indigestible dates--unpalatable diets, until you wish that books and science and you were buried in the depths of the sea.