There are 2 main translations of jam in German:

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jam 1

British English: /dʒam/
American English: /dʒæm/

transitive verb -mm-

  • 1
    (squeeze and fix between two surfaces)
    jam something into something
    etwas in etwas Akk. zwängen
    the key had become jammed in the lock
    der Schlüssel hatte sich im Schloss verklemmt
  • 2 (make immovable)
    [figurative]
    I seem to jam the car door every time I lock it
    die Autotür verklemmt sich anscheinend jedes Mal, wenn ich sie abschließe
  • 3
    (squeeze together in compact mass) into in + Akk.
    jam together
    zusammenpferchen
    (Personen)
  • 4 (thrust into confined space)
    into in + Akk.
    (Schlüssel, Münze) into in + Akk.

intransitive verb -mm-

  • 1
    (become tightly wedged)
    sich verklemmen
  • 2
    (become unworkable) (Maschine)
  • 3
    [colloquial] (improvise music) [slang]

noun

logjam, → traffic jam
  • 2
    (crowded mass)
    Stau, der
  • 3 [colloquial] (dilemma)
    Klemme, die
    [colloquial]
    Patsche, die
    [colloquial]
    be in a jam
    in der Klemme stecken
    in der Patsche sitzen
    get into a jam
    in die Klemme geraten

Phrasal verbs

jam in

transitive verb we were jammed in
wir waren eingepfercht

jam on

transitive verb jam the brakes [full] on
[voll] auf die Bremse steigen
[colloquial]
eine Vollbremsung machen

jam up

transitive verb
(Straße usw.)
(System)
(Mechanismus)

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jam 2

noun

  • 1
    (especially Business)
    make jam
    Marmelade einmachen
    [promises of] jam tomorrow
    [figurative]
    schöne Zukunftsverheißungen
    somebody wants jam on it [figurative]
    [colloquial]
    jemandem genügt etwas noch nicht
  • 2 (British English) [colloquial] (something easy)
    kinderleichte Sache
    [colloquial]
    Kinderspiel, das
    money 1

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