log·​jam | \ ˈlȯg-ˌjam How to pronounce logjam (audio) , ˈläg-\

Definition of logjam

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

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logjam transitive verb

Synonyms for logjam


backup, bottleneck, jam, jam-up, snarl, tailback [British], tie-up

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Examples of logjam in a Sentence

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

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Amy Klobuchar wants to devote more than $1 trillion to rebuild the nation’s aging network of roads, highways and bridges, in a proposal that aims to break the partisan logjam in Washington. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Sen. Amy Klobuchar Proposes National Infrastructure Plan," 28 Mar. 2019 Boeing has brought in mechanics from around the Puget Sound region, including its factories in Everett, Auburn and Frederickson, to help ease the logjam, said Connie Kelliher, a spokeswoman for the Machinists union. Eliza Haverstock, The Seattle Times, "Boeing’s monthly 737 deliveries tumble to lowest since 2012 on factory jam," 14 Aug. 2018 Watching Bill Murray is fun, watching Bill Murray struggle is really fun, and watching Bill Murray caught in a space-time logjam, wrestling with moral philosophy while pursuing Andie MacDowell is the most fun. . Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 As for the massive logjam that fills up the West’s 3-8 playoff slots, there is desperation all around. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors vs. contenders: the infirmed and the desperate," 9 Mar. 2018 The Knicks are reportedly seeking to solve their frontcourt logjam before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "NBA Rumors: What Will the Knicks Do With Willy Hernangomez?," 24 Jan. 2018 Magnetic monopoles may just help break the current logjam in particle physics. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 More truck manufacturing augured by strong job growth in transportation equipment could break the logjam. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Growth Dividend for Workers," 2 Nov. 2018 The logjam of planes, parked in all available spaces around the Renton assembly plant and the adjacent airfield, peaked at around 53 aircraft at the beginning of September. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing finally begins to reduce its 737 delivery backlog," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of logjam

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of logjam was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of logjam

: 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

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