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[lawg-jam, log-] /ˈlɔgˌdʒæm, ˈlɒg-/
an immovable pileup or tangle of logs, as in a river, causing a blockage.
any blockage or massive accumulation:
a logjam of bills before Congress.
Origin of logjam
First recorded in 1880-85; log1 + jam1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One of the most serious things encountered on a drive is the log jam.

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  • However, I do want to check back as far as the log jam in the creek.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • “We left them at the creek, not far from the log jam,” Dan explained.

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  • Clearly, Red and Chips after reaching the site of the log jam, had left the main trail.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • Despite the urgency of getting back to the creek to dynamite the log jam, Brad determined to bring up the matter then and there.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • In many places the strong suggestion is that of a log jam left stranded by subsiding floods.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • “I sure wish I knew if Saul Dobbs ever cleared away that log jam,” he said.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • When I saw that log jam in the creek, I was afraid something like this would happen.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • After my first rice tafel I dreamed I was a log jam and that lumber jacks with cant hooks were trying to pry me apart.

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    John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for log jam

log jam

noun (mainly US & Canadian)
blockage caused by the crowding together of a number of logs floating in a river
a deadlock; standstill
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Word Origin and History for log jam



also log-jam, "congestion of logs on a river," by 1851, American English; see log (n.1) + jam (v.). The figurative sense is by 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for log jam



An immovable static situation; gridlock: He broke the logjam of negotiations with the cable companies (1890+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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