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chockablock

[chok-uh-blok] /ˈtʃɒk əˈblɒk/
adjective
1.
extremely full; crowded; jammed:
a room chockablock with furniture and plants.
2.
Nautical. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.
adverb
3.
in a crowded manner:
books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.
Also, chock-a-block.
Origin
compare chock close (up to), apparently as back formation from chockful
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chockablock

adjective

Crammed; crowded full: The plays and stories are chockablock with figures

[1840s+ Nautical; fr a nautical rhyming phrase used to mean that the two blocks of a block and tackle are touching after the device has been tightened to its limit]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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