- 1 (difficult situation) [colloquial] to be in a jamto get into a jamestar en un aprieto or en apurosmeterse en un lío [colloquial]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.
- 2 2.1 (stationary traffic) 2.2 (crowd) See examples: a great jam of people2.3 (blockage)un gentíoExample 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 -mm-
- 1 1.1 (cram) See examples:to jam something
intosomethingI jammed my things into the suitcasemeter algo enalgothe four of them jammed themselves into the back of the carmetí or embutí todas mis cosas en la maleta1.2 (congest, block)los cuatro se metieron apretujándose en el asiento de atrás(road/room)jammed with peoplethe switchboard was jammed with callsatestado de gentela centralita estaba saturada de llamadasExample sentences
- AMERICAN POETRY is at something of a crossroads, and the roads leading there are jammed with traffic.
- The East Lancashire Road was jammed with commuters trying to avoid the motorway.
- It's no better on the roads, jammed by 7.30 am, with huge seas of traffic for most of the day, sometimes until 9 o'clock at night.
- 2 2.1 (make stick, wedge firmly) See examples: he jammed his foot in the doorthe car was jammed in between two trucksmetió el pie entre la puerta y el marcohe jammed his hat on tighterel coche estaba atascado entre dos camionessee also → jam on 2.2 (crush) See examples: she jammed her thumb in the doorse encasquetó bien el sombrero2.3 (push hard, suddenly) See examples: he jammed his foot down on the brakese apretó or [colloquial] se pilló el dedo en la puertadio un frenazo en seco
- 3 (Radio)Example sentences
- People don't want their cell phone signals jammed, I am certain.
- The basic idea is that you carry a personalized device that jams the signals from all the RFID tags on your person until you authorize otherwise.
- The FCC argues that jamming mobile phone signals is theft of airwaves - but, more importantly, the dangers of someone missing an important call outweigh any benefit of silence.
intransitive verb -mm-
- 1.1 (cram) See examples:to jam
intosomethingwe all jammed into the carmeterse enalgo1.2 (become stuck)nos apretujamos todos en el cochenos metimos todos en el coche como sardina en lata [colloquial](brakes)bloquearse(machine)trancarse(switch/lock)trabarsetrancarse(drawer)atascarse(gun)Example sentences
- The door seemed to be jammed and it moved very slowly as I pushed with all my might.
- On one beach, hemmed in by cliffs on either side and palm trees at the back, some Grenadians are playing cricket, three sticks jammed into the sand for stumps.
- With a hoe-blade unrolled from her canvas, jammed onto the walking stick, she cleared a patch of low white stumps.
- His name was Petar, and within five minutes I was jammed into his tent along with three of his companions.
- Sometimes as many as 500 students jam themselves into an auditorium for a California Scholarship Federation meeting.
- It turned out to be a large roost of house sparrows all trying to jam themselves into two small trees making a racket.
- uncountable and countable (Cookery) raspberry jamjam tomorrow (British English) we see this promise of a pay rise as jam tomorrowmermelada or (in River Plate area also) dulce de frambuesasjam tomorrow, jam the next day, but never jam today!eso del aumento de sueldo no son más que promesas y promesas¡siempre mañana, mañana!Example sentences
- You can then sprinkle the petit suisse with sugar or strawberry jam.
- Fresh thick slices of loaf bread, generously spread with strawberry jam, washed down with strong sweet tea just have to be eaten outdoors to be really enjoyed.
- The sandwich was well up to expectations and this was followed by a warm and very fresh fruit scone which crumbled as we spread it with strawberry jam and cream.
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