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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logjam transitive verb

Synonyms for logjam


backup, bottleneck, jam, jam-up, snarl, tailback [British], tie-up

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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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The Knicks are reportedly seeking to solve their frontcourt logjam before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "NBA Rumors: What Will the Knicks Do With Willy Hernangomez?," 24 Jan. 2018 Magnetic monopoles may just help break the current logjam in particle physics. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 More truck manufacturing augured by strong job growth in transportation equipment could break the logjam. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Growth Dividend for Workers," 2 Nov. 2018 The logjam of planes, parked in all available spaces around the Renton assembly plant and the adjacent airfield, peaked at around 53 aircraft at the beginning of September. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing finally begins to reduce its 737 delivery backlog," 9 Oct. 2018 Galvis joins an infield with a logjam at the adjacent positions. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis from Phillies," 15 Dec. 2017 According to Axios, now that Democrats have House control, some industry lobbyists think the logjam could be broken by Senate Republicans who may be more inclined to move ahead with a compromise bill than to start over with the new House. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 Boeing largely attributes the logjam of jets in Renton to late delivery of fuselages from Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kan., and new LEAP engines for the 737 MAX model from CFM International, the joint venture between GE and Safran of France. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing Renton makes progress on 737 deliveries," 11 Sep. 2018 Critics say the plaza makeover, as proposed, would not only create a traffic logjam downtown but also reduce or even cut off access by residents to one of the city’s most treasured public spaces, leaving it available primarily for tourists. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio officials request changes to controversial Alamo plan," 29 June 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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a complex dispute or argument

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