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Saturday, June 23, 2012

chockablock

\CHOK-uh-BLOK\ , adjective;
1.
Extremely full; crowded; jammed.
2.
Nautical. Having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.
adverb:
1.
In a crowded manner: books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.
Quotes:
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:
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.
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