logjam

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noun log·jam \ˈlȯg-ˌjam, ˈläg-\

Definition of logjam

  1. 1 :  a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse

  2. 2 a :  deadlock, impasse <trying to break the logjam in negotiations> b :  blockage c :  jam, crowd

logjam

transitive verb

Examples of logjam in a sentence

  1. He was called in to try to break the logjam in the negotiations.

  2. <the presence of an ambulance on the side of the highway created a logjam of rubberneckers who just had to have a look>

1885

First Known Use of logjam

1885


LOGJAM Defined for English Language Learners

logjam

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noun log·jam \ˈlȯg-ˌjam, ˈläg-\

Definition of logjam for English Language Learners

  • : 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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