Definition of logjam in English:


Syllabification: log·jam
Pronunciation: /ˈlôgˌjam, ˈläg-


  • 1A crowded mass of logs blocking a river.
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    • When you decide that certain feelings are too threatening to experience, you cut off your life energy in some way, just like a logjam will dam a river's flow.
    • The second is when Pacino first sees Williams and chases him across a logjam in the river, finally falling into the freezing water and struggling to resurface between the massive logs.
    • To get around logjams, around dams and around shallow places, they unload their gear and carry the boat to the next put-in; then they backtrack to get the gear.
  • 2A situation that seems irresolvable: the president can use the power of the White House to break the logjam over this issue
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    • Michael Cullen decided to break the logjam, and I compliment him on that.
    • One reason for that view is that the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Arlen Specter, has been quietly building a strategy that could break the logjam over judicial nominations.
    • Incredibly, all six teams in the provincial tournament finished with 1-1 round robin records, as tie-breaking formulas were utilized to break the logjam.
    deadlock, stalemate, tie; impasse, bottleneck, barrier, block
  • 2.1A backlog: keeping a diary may ease the logjam of work considerably
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    • Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP's health spokeswoman, challenged ministers to intervene to ease the logjam.
    • More important is the phenomenon called VIP movement that creates traffic logjams that last hours.
    • The copayments, user fees, information barriers, and bureaucratic logjams that impair access, especially by the poor, must be eliminated.

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