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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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Eleven nations in Asia and the Americas on Dec. 30 started their own bloc of tariff rates and trade rules dubbed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "The Catch-22 of Globalization," 21 Jan. 2019 Would Wyoming and Vermont vote the same way on that bill, because the inclusion of two small states would add to the power of their small-state bloc? Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018 Leonard Leo, a vice president of the conservative Federalist Society, will soon have his own grateful bloc of ideological allies on the Supreme Court. David G. Savage,, "Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society is the man to see if you aspire to the Supreme Court," 6 July 2018 Newsletter Sign-up French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the bloc could follow Washington’s lead in sanctioning Iran over the country’s missile program and tests. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Pence’s Calls to Pressure Iran Fall on Deaf Ears in Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 While fellow populists Five Star Movement was the single party with the biggest share of the vote, the Salvini/Berlusconi bloc could yet form Italy’s next government. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Texas skills gap is stressing the South's economy, report finds," 12 June 2018 Taking off from neighboring countries, CIA U-2s would fly over the airspace of communist bloc countries, taking thousands of pictures of the ground below. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA Gave U-2 Pilots a Special Diet So They Wouldn't Have To Poop," 18 Oct. 2018 For the most part, in fact, the four-member bloc of Democratic appointees on the court — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — has voted more in lock step than the Republican appointees. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come," 9 July 2018 Poland and Hungary face deep funding cuts under Brussels’ plans for the EU’s next budget, while richer Western members are threatening to withhold earmarked money from countries that disregard the bloc’s line on democratic standards. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Despite Wins, EU Frets Over Rule-of-Law Fight," 20 Jan. 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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