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chock-full

[chok-foo l, chuhk-]
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adjective
  1. full to the limit; crammed.
Also chock-ful, chuck-full, choke-full.

Origin of chock-full

1350–1400; Middle English chokke-fulle, equivalent to chokke (< ?) + fulle full1
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  • That pipe's been up so long that I wouldn't wonder if 'twas chock-full of soot.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And besides, he would get his whiskers all chock-full of honey.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • The spirit atmosphere in which we live is full, chock-full, of cross-currents.

  • He says they are chock-full of rabbits; but I don't believe him, for he never catches any.

  • The ground was chock-full of big roots, and we hadn't time to remove them.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman


British Dictionary definitions for chock-full

chock-full

choke-full or chuck-full

adjective
  1. (postpositive) completely full

Word Origin

C17 choke-full; see choke, full
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Word Origin and History for chock-full

adj.

c.1400, chokkeful "crammed full," possibly from choke "cheek" (see cheek (n.)). Or it may be from Old French choquier "collide, crash, hit" (13c., Modern French choquer), which is probably from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch schokken; see shock (n.1)).

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