Definition of block-book in English:



[with object]
  • Book (a large quantity of tickets, seats, hotel rooms, etc.) at the same time.

    ‘all 18 rooms have been block-booked by the bride and groom’
    • ‘Our consulate here has block-booked rooms to accommodate relatives of the Britons killed a week ago.’
    • ‘A large group of fans have block-booked seats in what was the old Spion Kop and lead the singing just like a choir.’
    • ‘As a result, some employers are choosing to block-book places with established childcare providers.’
    • ‘Escapeoverseas block-books accommodation in 12 destinations, including Spain, France and South Africa.’
    • ‘Members of the public are able to block-book seats for all the home matches at the start of each qualifying campaign.’
    • ‘And with female fans rushing to block-book tickets, the ultimate chick flick is set to challenge Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for box office supremacy.’
    • ‘Japanese media organisations block-booked seats on his flight to Tokyo and several TV stations set aside other news this evening to carry live coverage of his press conference.’
    • ‘Democrats have greeted Moore's film by block-booking tickets in advance and packing movie houses.’
    • ‘Lehman Brothers bank has block-booked more than 100 rooms at the Sheraton Hotel on 7th Avenue to use as temporary offices until a permanent new home can be found.’
    • ‘Hotels are block-booked to the point where they can charge what they like; taxi drivers seize their annual opportunity to make a mint.’
    • ‘The president, who is scheduled to set off on a twice-postponed Asian tour after next week's midterms, has reportedly block-booked all 570 rooms in the Taj Mahal hotel as a security measure.’
    • ‘The hotel's 775 rooms are sold out throughout February, block booked for corporate sponsors and NBC, the host broadcasters.’