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clog

[klog, klawg] /klɒg, klɔg/
verb (used with object), clogged, clogging.
1.
to hinder or obstruct with thick or sticky matter; choke up:
to clog a drain.
2.
to crowd excessively, especially so that movement is impeded; overfill:
Cars clogged the highway.
3.
to encumber; hamper; hinder.
verb (used without object), clogged, clogging.
4.
to become clogged, encumbered, or choked up.
5.
to stick; stick together.
6.
to do a clog dance.
noun
7.
anything that impedes motion or action; an encumbrance; a hindrance.
8.
a shoe or sandal with a thick sole of wood, cork, rubber, or the like.
9.
a similar but lighter shoe worn in the clog dance.
10.
a heavy block, as of wood, fastened to a person or beast to impede movement.
11.
12.
British Dialect. a thick piece of wood.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, of uncertain origin
Related forms
cloggily, adverb
clogginess, noun
cloggy, adjective
anticlogging, adjective
overclog, verb (used with object), overclogged, overclogging.
Synonyms
3. impede, trammel, fetter.
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  • Given his poor health and conditioning, he's not worth clogging up a bench spot in average leagues.
  • Mussels that wreak economic havoc on lakes and waterways by clogging water-intake pipes.
  • We could see that a narrow trench had been cut through the debris clogging the tomb's doorway.
  • Summer draws highway-clogging crowds, so think about a visit in spring or fall.
  • The raft and the journey would call attention to the overwhelming amount of plastics clogging our seas.
  • Either way, the law suit would no longer be clogging up the courts because there are now no damages.
  • The irises, on the other hand, are busy clogging the waterways and killing the fish.
  • The thick green mats of plants hamper fishermen, tangling their nets, clogging motors and destroying fish-breeding grounds.
British Dictionary definitions for clogging

clog1

/klɒɡ/
verb clogs, clogging, clogged
1.
to obstruct or become obstructed with thick or sticky matter
2.
(transitive) to encumber; hinder; impede
3.
(transitive) to fasten a clog or impediment to (an animal, such as a horse)
4.
(intransitive) to adhere or stick in a mass
5.
(slang) (in soccer) to foul (an opponent)
noun
6.
  1. any of various wooden or wooden-soled shoes
  2. (as modifier): clog dance
7.
a heavy block, esp of wood, fastened to the leg of a person or animal to impede motion
8.
something that impedes motion or action; hindrance
9.
(slang) pop one's clogs, to die
Derived Forms
cloggy, adjective
clogginess, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: block of wood): of unknown origin

clog2

/klɒɡ/
verb clogs, clogging, clogged
1.
to use a photo-enabled mobile phone to take a photograph of (someone) and send it to a website without his or her knowledge or consent
Derived Forms
clogging, noun
Word Origin
C21: c(amera) + log
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Word Origin and History for clogging

clog

n.

early 14c., clogge "a lump of wood," origin unknown. Also used in Middle English of large pieces of jewelry and large testicles. Cf. Norwegian klugu "knotty log of wood." Meaning "anything that impedes action" is from 1520s. The sense of "wooden-soled shoe" is first recorded late 14c.; they were used as overshoes until the introduction of rubbers c.1840. Originally all wood (hence the name), later wooden soles with leather uppers for the front of the foot only. Later revived in fashion (c.1970), primarily for women. Clog-dancing is attested from 1863.

v.

late 14c., "hinder," originally by fastening a block of wood to something, from clog (n.). Meaning "choke up with extraneous matter" is 17c. Related: Clogged; clogging.

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