logjam

noun
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
c : jam, crowd

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Chinese book world is cautiously optimistic that the partial trade truce reached this month between Beijing and Washington will break the logjam, according to book editors and others in the publishing industry who spoke to The New York Times. BostonGlobe.com, "SHANGHAI — China has taken aim at major American businesses as it looks for ways to retaliate against President Trump’s mounting tariffs. It has targeted cars, beef, and soybeans — and, apparently, Bob Woodward’s latest tale of Washington dysfunction and intrigue.," 29 Dec. 2019 The Chinese book world is cautiously optimistic that the partial trade truce reached this month between Beijing and Washington will break the logjam, according to book editors and others in the publishing industry who spoke to The New York Times. New York Times, "China Blocks American Books as Trade War Simmers," 27 Dec. 2019 But Johnson leads a minority government that's at least 40 shorts vote of winning anything in Parliament, and soon enough there will need to be an election to break the logjam. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The Queen just read out Boris Johnson's stump speech," 14 Oct. 2019 The parliamentary logjam that obstructed British politics for most of 2019 has been cleared. The Economist, "Not yet done 2019 in review: Britain’s turbulent times," 21 Dec. 2019 That logjam broke last week, and legislators then worked out the final details with a series of compromises. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Final 2020 spending bill is kind to U.S. research," 16 Dec. 2019 Penn State’s inclusion in the New Year’s Six alleviated the Big Ten’s middle-class bowl logjam Sunday, opening the door for Indiana to land in the Gator Bowl. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU will play Tennessee in the Gator Bowl," 8 Dec. 2019 That would also ease the logjam and allow the Pinstripe Bowl to have a different team during the first six years of an eight-year contract with the Big Ten. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Projecting Michigan State football's bowl destination: Detroit or New York?," 7 Dec. 2019 In the last few years the logjam on lead seemed to break. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Kim Foreman doesn’t overpromise, delivers solutions for toxic neighborhoods: Cleveland Champions," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of logjam

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Logjam.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logjam. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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logjam

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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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