log·​jam ˈlȯg-ˌjam How to pronounce logjam (audio)
: a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse
: deadlock, impasse
trying to break the logjam in negotiations
: 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 His administration spent the summer trying to break the logjam, and his campaign is buttressing the White House's case with advertisements. USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 There is only room for a kitchen, a cooler full of aguas frescas, an ordering counter near the back and a logjam of taco lovers often trailing out the door. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 There is also a logjam of outfielders in the system that could render Thompson without a long-term role. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2023 With this newly effective process, dubbed Deep Learning, some of the long-standing logjams of computation (like being able to see, hear, and be unbeatable at Breakout) would finally be untangled. WIRED, 11 Aug. 2023 This panorama atop Catawba Mountain draws more than 50,000 people each year, causing a logjam and necessitating a seasonal shuttle to the trailhead on weekends. Lizzie Johnson and Lauren Tierney, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2023 But many of my sources, including reproductive-health advocates and contraceptive industry executives, say the president’s mandate could finally break through this years-long logjam. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 28 June 2023 North Andover, Billerica, and Chelmsford finished in a logjam atop the Merrimack Valley Conference and sit together in our final poll, with Chelmsford coach Sean Wright announcing his retirement after another strong season. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2023 Milwaukee Riverkeeper is in the process of finishing a new website for the Urban Water Trail that will have updated river conditions and show hazards like logjams or rapids. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2023 See More

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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 27 Sep. 2023.

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