- extremely full; crowded; jammed: a room chockablock with furniture and plants.
- Nautical. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.
- in a crowded manner: books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.
Origin of chockablock
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Examples from the Web for chock-a-block
A company came on board the Scourge, and they filled us chock-a-block.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I wish I could ask you to stay, but we are chock-a-block with cousins and aunts.The Independence of Claire
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The big Ravine and all the small nullahs are chock-a-block with corpses.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I
"Then, if it is true we'll find the Cavarale chock-a-block with British prisoners," said Dacres.The Dreadnought of the Air
Percy F. Westerman
The place was chock-a-block with rough-looking men, either looking on or playing the games.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- filled to capacity; in a crammed state
- nautical with the blocks brought close together, as when a tackle is pulled as tight as possible
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Word Origin and History for chock-a-block
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