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ice jam

noun
1.
an obstruction of broken river ice in a narrow part of a channel.
2.
a mass of lake or sea ice broken and piled up against the shore by wind pressure.
Origin of ice jam
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • There was the usual struggle with the ice jam in the north off Chesterfield Inlet, the usual suffering from scurvy.

    The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
  • No hills shut out the cold winds that swept down the river bed from the north, and the tide carried in ice jam from the south.

  • Canoes would be ripped into shingles if they ran the ice jam of spring.

  • Three weeks later they were crushing through the ice jam of Hudson Straits.

  • You can form no idea of one's sensations as the steamer pushes her way through an ice jam.

    Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • Just beyond this, a higher and stronger palisade protected the riverbank from the winter ice jam.

    On the Edge of the Arctic Harry Lincoln Sayler

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