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or chock-a-block

[chok-uh-blok] /ˈtʃɒk əˈblɒk/
extremely full; crowded; jammed:
a room chockablock with furniture and plants.
Nautical. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.
in a crowded manner:
books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.
Origin of chockablock
compare chock close (up to), apparently as back formation from chockful Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for chock-a-block
Historical Examples
  • "Then, if it is true we'll find the Cavarale chock-a-block with British prisoners," said Dacres.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • A company came on board the Scourge, and they filled us chock-a-block.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The big Ravine and all the small nullahs are chock-a-block with corpses.

  • I wish I could ask you to stay, but we are chock-a-block with cousins and aunts.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The place was chock-a-block with rough-looking men, either looking on or playing the games.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for chock-a-block


adjective, adverb
filled to capacity; in a crammed state
(nautical) with the blocks brought close together, as when a tackle is pulled as tight as possible
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Word Origin and History for chock-a-block

nautical, said of two blocks of tackle run so closely they touch; from chock + block (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chock-a-block



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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