logjam

noun

log·​jam ˈlȯg-ˌjam How to pronounce logjam (audio)
ˈläg-
1
: a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse
2
a
: deadlock, impasse
trying to break the logjam in negotiations
b
c
: jam, crowd
logjam transitive verb

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 Two days after a new juror was seated, the logjam was broken and the jury rendered its verdict. Susan Spencer, CBS News, 6 July 2024 To some observers, the logjam of high-profile rulings and large number of individual opinions from the justices suggests a lack of discipline. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, 2 July 2024 The Kings also took the first step toward clearing up a logjam in the backcourt after selecting Providence guard Devin Carter with the No. 13 pick in the draft. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 27 June 2024 The agreement on using frozen Russian assets to benefit Ukraine comes several months after the White House broke through a logjam in Congress that had stalled approval of some $60 billion in U.S. aid for Ukraine. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for logjam 

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of logjam was in 1885

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“Logjam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logjam. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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