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jam-up

[jam-uhp] /ˈdʒæmˌʌp/
noun
1.
a stoppage or slowing of motion, work, or the like, due to obstruction, overloading, malfunction, or inefficiency; jam:
Your letters didn't go out yesterday because there was a jam-up in the mail room.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase jam up
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jam up

verb phrase

To encumber; disable by overburdening: to file complaints was a sure way to jam up a cop (1940s+)


jam-up

noun

A tight crush of people, cars, etc, preventing normal movement; jam: to forestall the possibility of another jam-up (1940s+)


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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