logjam

noun log·jam \ ˈlȯg-ˌjam , ˈläg- \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of logjam

1 : a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse
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

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First Known Use of logjam

1885

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LOGJAM Defined for English Language Learners

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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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