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Idioms about block

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM block

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH block

bloc, block

Other definitions for block (2 of 2)

Block
[ blok ]
/ blɒk /

noun
Herbert Lawrence Herblock, 1909–2001, U.S. cartoonist.
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How to use block in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for block

block
/ (blɒk) /

noun
verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of block

blocker, noun

Word Origin for block

C14: from Old French bloc, from Dutch blok; related to Old High German bloh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for block

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.

Other words from block

blockage (blŏkĭj) n.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with block

block

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

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