Definition of chock-a-block in English:

chock-a-block

adjective

British
informal
  • predicative Crammed full of people or things.

    ‘the manual is chock-a-block with information’
    • ‘The crowd is chock-a-block with people who like all kinds of music, and there are only very few acts that can cater for such an assorted group of people.’
    • ‘It looks like it was probably built in the 1980s, consists of 15 well appointed apartments with balcony, and is probably chock-a-block with very wealthy people.’
    • ‘Usually this free newspaper is chock-a-block full of advertisements and feces for articles.’
    • ‘Organiser Mohammed Salim said: ‘It was chock-a-block and everyone created a great atmosphere.’’
    • ‘It comes highly recommended and it's chock-a-block full of action, strategy, humor, mini-games, it'll take many hours to finish, and Luigi finally gets some props.’
    • ‘In fact, the 21-room building became so chock-a-block he chose to live in the Priest's House, a converted cottage near the manor.’
    • ‘We will fight long and hard because our roads are already chock-a-block with traffic and more housing will only make the problem worse.’
    • ‘Having long had this match penciled in as a win, and on the back of two stirring victories, we were chock-a-block full of confidence that our recent good record against the Hooped Affair was going to continue.’
    • ‘This clever power-pop debut is chock-a-block with meaty tunes.’
    • ‘With TV schedules chock-a-block full of irritating property makeover shows, you can't deny we're all obsessed with interiors.’
    • ‘At the war memorial it was chock-a-block with people standing on the pavement and even in the road.’
    • ‘The whole film is chock-a-block full of amazing FX gadgets, surprising twists and interesting characters (not to mention product placements for a leading car manufacturer).’
    • ‘‘If there was a Commission for Neds' Equality the courts would be chock-a-block with people not allowed into Archaos,’ he said.’
    • ‘While you probably imagined that my family tree was chock-a-block with international playboys and glamorous socialites, I actually come from a long line of caravanners.’
    • ‘The 100g bar of Chocolat Noir, which I scoffed in one heady moment of shameless indulgence, was chock-a-block with cocoa solids - a whopping 76 per cent.’
    • ‘This New Year more than any other, magazines and minds have been chock-a-block with virtuous resolutions concerning abstention, inch - loss and sweat.’
    • ‘Even now Skipton's car parks are chock-a-block on a warm summer's day and tourists drive round aimlessly and with increasing frustration.’
    • ‘Ian Hunter, after having established his position as leader of the band again, was chock-a-block full of songs.’
    • ‘After a chat we were on our way, most of the day's climbing done on a quiet kilometre of back road up the side of a valley otherwise chock-a-block with bracken.’
    • ‘Marienbad and music are synonymous, not only because of its illustrious musical visitors, but the summer season is chock-a-block with musical events.’
    well supplied with, replete with, overflowing with, bursting with, brimful with, brimming with, loaded with, overloaded with, abounding in, well provided with, well stocked with, rich in, abundant in, rife with
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Origin

Mid 19th century (originally in nautical use, with reference to tackle having the two blocks run close together): from chock (in chock-full) and block.

Pronunciation

chock-a-block

/tʃɒkəˈblɒk/