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Definition of bloc

1a : a temporary combination of parties in a legislative assembly
b : a group of legislators who act together for some common purpose irrespective of party lines
2a : a combination of persons, groups, or nations forming a unit with a common interest or purpose a bloc of voters
b : a group of nations united by treaty or agreement for mutual support or joint action
3 : a quantity, number, or section of things dealt with as a unit : block … seeking to buy and sell a large bloc of shares …— Stuart Washington Potvin's outstanding bloc of games during his rookie campaign occurred during the 1993 playoffs.— Stan Fischler

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Examples of bloc in a Sentence

a voting bloc in the senate a whole bloc of students got together to complain

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Add to this southern bloc of states Ohio, with its heartbeat law, and there now exists an immense American region, spanning part of the Midwest and virtually the entire Deep South, that has united and declared with one voice, No more. David French, National Review, "The South Is a Pro-Life Stronghold," 11 July 2019 Peretz, a former chief rabbi of the Israeli army, is head of the Jewish Home party and leader of a united bloc of right-wing parties, accused of having extremists among its ranks. Marcy Oster,, "Israel’s education minister calls intermarriage in U.S. ‘like a second Holocaust’," 9 July 2019 That’s significant because African Americans historically have been a powerful voting bloc for Biden, though his support had been stronger among older black voters than younger ones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Young voters seem more engaged as 2020 election approaches," 5 July 2019 Three years on from Britain’s 52%-48% vote to leave the EU, Britain’s departure has been delayed twice after Parliament rejected on three occasions the divorce terms May’s government agreed with the bloc. Washington Post, "UK Treasury chief warns Tory contenders on spending promises," 1 July 2019 Britain is facing a deadline to leave the European Union of October 31, after which it would be forced to strike deals with the bloc just like Switzerland. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Swiss stock ban shows the 'no deal' Brexit havoc facing Britain," 1 July 2019 Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but divorce talks have foundered amid Conservative divisions over how close a relationship to seek with the bloc. Fox News, "Leading Brexit supporters deny plot to topple Theresa May," 12 Sep. 2018 May moved quickly to pre-empt any rebellion Monday by quickly announcing that pro-Brexit Dominic Raab, who formerly served as her housing minister, would replace Davis at the helm of talks with the bloc. NBC News, "Theresa May rocked by Brexit resignations, faces potential challenge to power," 9 July 2018 Barak, 77, is also the last prime minister to emerge from the left-wing bloc, and his defeat in 2001 led to a succession of right-wing leaders. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Former Israeli PM Barak is challenging Netanyahu," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of bloc

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bloc

French, literally, block

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English Language Learners Definition of bloc

: a group of people or countries that are connected by a treaty or agreement or by common goals

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