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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Definitions for chockablock

  1. Extremely full; crowded; jammed.
  2. Nautical. Having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.
  3. In a crowded manner: books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.

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Citations for chockablock
This town is chockablock with restaurants that are just clones of the same old themes. Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
lf opossum and skunk and raccoon can hide there, survive there, year after year, decade after decade, almost in the middle of a teeming metropolitan chockablock, think how an enterprising monkey might fare. Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Origin of chockablock
Chockablock is of uncertain origin. It is likely related to the word chock-full which means "crammed". The word chock refers to a wooden block that holds something in place.