log·​jam | \ˈlȯg-ˌjam, 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

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There's a logjam at shortstop in the AL, and the NL bullpen is loaded. Mike Fitzpatrick, chicagotribune.com, "MLB All-Star Game predictions: Who will start on July 17?," 6 July 2018 By the end of the evening, which concluded with an 8-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Diamondbacks’ outfield logjam didn’t seem so severe anymore. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks lose Jarrod Dyson, drop series vs. Cardinals," 5 July 2018 The overflow of Priuses and Mercedes was a particularly vivid reminder of the California candidate logjam. Jonathan Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats go all-out to avoid disaster in California House races," 26 May 2018 The Ducks are a game and a half back of Utah for fourth, with a logjam of Washington, Stanford and Arizona State between them. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks come up short in OT against UCLA and tournament hopes take major hit," 17 Feb. 2018 Miami-Dade County is pursuing a $650 million plan to extend the Dolphin Expressway, a logjam of a highway counted among the 50 worst in the U.S. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "It was once part of the Everglades. Now Miami-Dade wants to use it for a highway," 8 June 2018 Also, there’s currently a logjam of outfielders at Triple-A Norfolk with a ground that includes DJ Stewart, Alex Presley, Jaycob Brugman and Michael Saunders. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles option Anthony Santander to Double-A Bowie," 13 May 2018 Sacramento Kings Motives: The Kings, who somehow have a logjam of young talent and veterans, are more interested in acquiring picks than players. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA trade deadline 2018: Team-by-team breakdown of who's available," 6 Feb. 2018 Immense logjams and floating rafts of naturally occurring wood were once common and well-documented features in rivers and estuaries before they were cleared for navigation. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of logjam

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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