\ äⁿ-ˈbläk How to pronounce en bloc (audio) \

Definition of en bloc

: as a whole : in a mass

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That’s in part because there are two types of blackouts: fragmentary and en bloc. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Blackout drinking, explained for Brett Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 The Senate only ended up staying one additional week, and confirmed a host of additional nominees en bloc at the snap of the leader’s fingers. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "McConnell May Cancel August Recess To Keep Democrats From Going Home to Campaign," 16 May 2018 However Cordeiro was handed a massive boost after the influential, Athletes Council, which included several former professionals voted en bloc for Cordeiro. Steve Brenner/afp, chicagotribune.com, "Carlos Cordeiro elected new US Soccer president," 10 Feb. 2018 And the Democratic party has by no means come around on the issue en bloc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Will the Liberals Take the Lead on Trade?," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of en bloc

1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of en bloc

chiefly British : as or in a united group : all together

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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