He plucked them and flushed the feathers carefully, so as not to block up the toilets and draw attention.
If you meet friends in a narrow passage, or on a footpath, be careful not to block up the way.
But if she hears of the block up yer, and waits at the lower station?
On quitting the mayor, General Cambronne and his forty grenadiers met a battalion sent from Grenoble to block up their passage.
There were a good many of them—so many as nearly to block up the street at one part.
Cast off the heel-lashing and rig your boom out to the mark, slue the boom with the block up and make fast round the yard.
Let nothing come in to block up that—however fair, howsoever dear it be.
Hernando and his Indians are gone to the after-deck to block up the cabin doors.
Great care should be taken to block up the aeroplane rigidly.
What's become of that tinware exhibit you used to block up traffic with?
"solid piece," c.1300, from Old French bloc "log, block" of wood (13c.), via Middle Dutch bloc "trunk of a tree" or Old High German bloh, from a common Germanic source, from PIE *bhlugo-, from *bhelg- "a thick plank, beam" (see balk).
Meaning "mould for a hat" is from 1570s. Slang sense of "head" is from 1630s. Extended sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1640s. In cricket from 1825; in U.S. football from 1912. The meaning in city block is 1796, from the notion of a "compact mass" of buildings; slang meaning "fashionable promenade" is 1869.
BLOCK. A term applied in America to a square mass of houses included between four streets. It is a very useful one. [Bartlett]
Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.
Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.
Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.
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An arrangement of pulleys and ropes used to reduce the amount of force needed to move heavy loads. One pulley is attached to the load, and rope or chains connect this pulley to a fixed pulley. Each pulley may have multiple grooves or wheels for the rope to pass over numerous times. Pulling the rope or chain slowly draws the load-bearing pulley toward the fixed one with high mechanical advantage.