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ice jam

an obstruction of broken river ice in a narrow part of a channel.
a mass of lake or sea ice broken and piled up against the shore by wind pressure.
Origin of ice jam
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Canoes would be ripped into shingles if they ran the ice jam of spring.

  • You can form no idea of one's sensations as the steamer pushes her way through an ice jam.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • No hills shut out the cold winds that swept down the river bed from the north, and the tide carried in ice jam from the south.

  • Three weeks later they were crushing through the ice jam of Hudson Straits.

  • There was the usual struggle with the ice jam in the north off Chesterfield Inlet, the usual suffering from scurvy.

    The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay

    Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
  • Just beyond this, a higher and stronger palisade protected the riverbank from the winter ice jam.

    On the Edge of the Arctic

    Harry Lincoln Sayler

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