Idioms

    put/go on the block, to offer or be offered for sale at auction: to put family heirlooms on the block.

Origin of block

1275–1325; Middle English blok log, stump (< Middle French bloc) < Middle Dutch blok; perhaps akin to balk

Related forms

block·a·ble, adjectivere·block, verb (used with object)sub·block, nounun·blocked, adjective

Can be confused

bloc block
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British Dictionary definitions for block in (1 of 2)

block in


verb

(tr, adverb) to sketch in outline, with little detail

British Dictionary definitions for block in (2 of 2)

block

/ (blɒk) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

blocker, noun

Word Origin for block

C14: from Old French bloc, from Dutch blok; related to Old High German bloh
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Medicine definitions for block in

block

[ blŏk ]

n.

Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.
Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.
Atrioventricular block.
Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.

v.

To arrest passage through; obstruct.

Related forms

blockage (blŏkĭj) n.
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Science definitions for block in

block and tackle

[ blŏk ]

An arrangement of pulleys and ropes used to reduce the amount of force needed to move heavy loads. One pulley is attached to the load, and rope or chains connect this pulley to a fixed pulley. Each pulley may have multiple grooves or wheels for the rope to pass over numerous times. Pulling the rope or chain slowly draws the load-bearing pulley toward the fixed one with high mechanical advantage.
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Idioms and Phrases with block in

block


see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.

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