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[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 chockablock
  • The website is chockablock full of book recommendations and authors that appeal to boys of all ages.
  • It's a popular vacation spot, chockablock with beachwear shops, nothing-fancy hotels and weathered houses.
  • There are mean and crazy people, and academia's chockablock with them.
  • The blogosphere is chockablock with comparisons, however.
  • Each weekend's schedule is chockablock with music and food options, and there's only so much time in a day and room in a stomach.
  • Most shelter magazines are chockablock with color pictures that bleed off the page, which invites flipping.
  • It's chockablock with features, options and related tools, some of which are only tangentially related to e-mail.
  • We're chockablock this time of year with super-fun wintery shows, arts happenings, and music all over town.
Slang definitions & phrases for chockablock



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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