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chock-a-block

Line breaks: chock-a-block
Pronunciation: /tʃɒkəˈblɒk
 
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Definition of chock-a-block in English:

adjective

[predicative] informal , chiefly British
Crammed full of people or things: the manual is chock-a-block with information
More example sentences
  • With TV schedules chock-a-block full of irritating property makeover shows, you can't deny we're all obsessed with interiors.
  • The whole film is chock-a-block full of amazing FX gadgets, surprising twists and interesting characters (not to mention product placements for a leading car manufacturer).
  • Usually this free newspaper is chock-a-block full of advertisements and feces for articles.

Origin

mid 19th century (originally in nautical use, with reference to tackle having the two blocks run close together): from chock (in chock-full) and block.

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