logjam


log·jam

noun \ˈlg-ˌjam, ˈläg-\

: a situation in which a large number of logs floating down a river become tangled with each other so that further movement is not possible

: a situation in which no progress seems possible

Full Definition of LOGJAM

1
:  a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse
2
a :  deadlock, impasse <trying to break the logjam in negotiations>
b :  blockage
c :  jam, crowd
logjam transitive verb

Examples of LOGJAM

  1. He was called in to try to break the logjam in the negotiations.
  2. <the presence of an ambulance on the side of the highway created a logjam of rubberneckers who just had to have a look>

First Known Use of LOGJAM

1885

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