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 He was supposed to break through the congressional logjam. Zeke Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 2022 The Detroit Tigers have a bit of an organizational logjam at third base and just three weeks to go before spring training. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2021 Shipping costs are abating now, roughly halving between September and October, but docks won’t be able to work through the logjam of ships anytime soon. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2021 Of course, that also creates a logjam for minutes and uncomfortable decisions and conversations for Kerr. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Feb. 2021 Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many retailers have earlier-than-usual deadlines as more people turn to online shopping versus in-store shopping, creating a logjam for shipping companies and delivery delays. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2020 Instead, the new bill would effectively strip Republicans of the opportunity to filibuster an increase to the debt limit for a single time, a solution that Mr. McConnell said would break the logjam. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 It’s the latest step aimed at relieving the logjam of cargo ships that has interrupted the global supply chain. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Two new, high-tech MRI scanners — with a third still pending state approval — are placed close to the emergency department to ease the logjam of patients. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 9 Oct. 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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“Logjam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logjam. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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