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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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 Whetstone, who was the top Republican on the House public policy committee, helped break the logjam. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 Boston entered in a logjam for the Nos. 2-4 seeds, jockeying for postseason placement with Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Clay Bailey, Hartford Courant, 11 Apr. 2022 The president is a former veteran senator who largely stands by existing rules but is also under enormous political pressure to break the logjam on the voting legislation before the November midterm elections. Darlene Superville, ajc, 5 Jan. 2022 But in mid-November, there appeared to be a remarkable drop in the number of ships in the logjam at the busiest container ports in the US. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 6 Dec. 2021 Denver is in a logjam with the Chargers and Raiders a game back of the Chiefs in the division race, and their primetime showdown at Arrowhead Stadium could suddenly thrust the Broncos into surprising playoff position. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 5 Dec. 2021 Both teams are 5-4 and in a logjam of nine teams with five wins. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 12 Nov. 2021 What the Magic do not have in that logjam of a backcourt is experience. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 The logjam also has the potential to compound existing supply chain issues in the manufacturing industry, said Erik Lundh, principal economist at The Conference Board. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of logjam

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries Near logjam

log jack


log line

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16 May 2022

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“Logjam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logjam. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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