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Pronunciation: /dʒæm/

noun/nombre

  • 1 (difficult situation) [colloquial/familiar] aprieto (masculine) to be in a jam estar* en un aprieto or en apuros to get into a jam meterse en un lío [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • In a jam like this, it's certainly OK to help your girl save face.
    • Are you as helpful as you can be when your pal is in a jam?
    • If there is one message from what's happened, it is that when this Government is in a jam, it volunteers little except under duress.
    Example sentences
    • However, rather than adopt a ‘gruel for all’ approach, he has opted to ‘add jam on top’ for the poorest.
    • It seems you're just not interested in the bread and butter; only the jam.
  • 2 2.1 (stationary traffic) atasco (masculine), embotellamiento (masculine) 2.2 (crowd) a great jam of people un gentío 2.3 (blockage) obstrucción (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • I'd prefer to further my skills and career - not occupy myself hunched over a photocopier, when the biggest excitement of my working day is a paper jam.
    • There's a paper jam, and she's got some scissors that you can actually see there on the counter, and she's trying to fix the paper jam.
    • Election officials complain of paper jams, maintenance problems at the polling places, and high costs of printing and ballot management.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-mm-)

  • 1 1.1 (cram) to jam sth into sth meter algo en algo I jammed my things into the suitcase metí or embutí todas mis cosas en la maleta the four of them jammed themselves into the back of the car los cuatro se metieron apretujándose en el asiento de atrás 1.2 (congest, block) [road/room] atestar jammed with people atestado de gente the switchboard was jammed with calls la centralita estaba saturada de llamadas
  • 2 2.1 (make stick, wedge firmly) he jammed his foot in the door metió el pie entre la puerta y el marco the car was jammed in between two trucks el coche estaba atascado entre dos camiones he jammed his hat on tighter se encasquetó bien el sombrero see also jam on 2.2 (crush) she jammed her thumb in the door se apretó or [colloquial/familiar] se pilló el dedo en la puerta 2.3 (push hard, suddenly) he jammed his foot down on the brake dio un frenazo en seco

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-mm-)

  • 1.1 (cram) to jam into sth meterse en algo we all jammed into the car nos apretujamos todos en el coche, nos metimos todos en el coche como sardina en lata [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 (become stuck) [brakes] bloquearse; [machine] trancarse*; [switch/lock] trabarse, trancarse*; [drawer] atascarse*; [gun] encasquillarse

Phrasal verbs

jam on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
to jam on the brakes dar* un frenazo, frenar en seco

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jam2

Pronunciation: /dʒæm/

noun/nombre

  • u and c [Cookery/Cocina] mermelada (feminine), dulce (masculine) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) raspberry jam mermelada or (in River Plate area also/en Río de la Plata también) dulce de frambuesas jam tomorrow (British English/inglés británico) we see this promise of a pay rise as jam tomorrow eso del aumento de sueldo no son más que promesas y promesas jam tomorrow, jam the next day, but never jam today! ¡siempre mañana, mañana!

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