chock-a-block

chockablock

[chok-uh-blok]
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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chock-a-block
 
adj, —adv
1.  filled to capacity; in a crammed state
2.  nautical with the blocks brought close together, as when a tackle is pulled as tight as possible

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