log jam

log jam

logjam [lawg-jam, log-] WORD ORIGIN noun an immovable pileup or tangle of logs, as in a river, causing a blockage. any blockage or massive accumulation: a logjam of bills before Congress. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of logjam First recorded in 1880–85; log1 + jam1 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for log jam log jam noun mainly US and Canadian blockage caused by the crowding together of a number of logs floating in a river a deadlock; standstill Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for log jam logjam n.

    also log-jam, “congestion of logs on a river,” by 1851, American English; see log (n.1) + jam (v.). The figurative sense is by 1890.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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