bloc

[blok]
noun
1.
a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose.
2.
a group of legislators, usually of both major political parties, who vote together for some particular interest: the farm bloc.
3.
a group of nations that share common interests and usually act in concert in international affairs: the Soviet bloc.

Origin:
1900–05; < French; see block

bloc, block.


coalition.
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bloc (blɒk)
 
n
a group of people or countries combined by a common interest or aim: the Soviet bloc
 
[C20: from French: block]

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bloc
1903, in reference to alliances in Continental politics, from Fr. bloc "group, block," from O.Fr. bloc "piece of wood" (see block).
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Example sentences
Few farm-bloc legislators made the connection between farm policy and the obesity epidemic.
Goa is choc-a-bloc with places to stay, spanning all price brackets.
Our world is choc a bloc with stuff you do not find in space.
More likely, they're kowtowing to their campaign contributors and voting bloc.
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