Definition of clog in US English:


nounPlural clogs

  • 1A shoe with a thick wooden sole.

    • ‘Like a large number of people, I wore clogs in my early days of farm work.’
    • ‘We'd put our wooden clogs inside our jackets and sneak out the back barefooted so that O-Sensei would not notice.’
    • ‘He wore an exceptionally tall red hat and wooden clogs.’
    • ‘But I used to show up in kimono and wooden clogs, looking like your typical impoverished student of those days.’
    • ‘In most Wigan mines, though, the standard headgear was a woven scarf or shawl, the standard footwear the clog.’
    • ‘Because unfortunately, I also chose to wear big, heavy clogs today.’
    • ‘He used to wear a pair of high wooden clogs called bokuba which were often worn in those days by students dressed in formal wear.’
    • ‘I used to imagine that I would wear white clogs to my wedding.’
    • ‘Depending on the shape, style, and length of skirt, you can choose from boots, sandals, cool clogs, or classic pumps.’
    • ‘When we were liberated, we were almost naked, bereft of all possessions, clad in a prisoner's striped uniform and wooden clogs.’
    • ‘Some places give you wooden clogs that can be an adventurous walk on wet marble floors.’
    • ‘The chef and sous-chef wear Dansko clogs, which are rather handsome black leather clogs with thick soles.’
    • ‘He wore wooden clogs until the age of sixteen, as he did not have any shoes.’
    • ‘Vas slides his scrubbed-pink bare feet into a pair of leather and wooden clogs.’
    • ‘His tiny souvenirs are scaled-down versions of traditional wooden clogs and feature hand-made soles, leather straps, tiny brass nails and metal toe plates.’
    • ‘Traditional footwear is sandals or wooden clogs with a thong that passes between the big toe and the second toe.’
    • ‘Everything goes well until one critical day when the wooden clogs are no longer usable.’
    • ‘The heels of her clogs clanking on the wooden desk floor, Matim Henoscil headed to a group of young ladies gathered near the railings.’
    • ‘There I was clacking along the old Tokaido highway in my heavy wooden clogs.’
    • ‘I noticed that, like every dentist I've visited in recent years, he was wearing clogs.’
    sabot, wooden shoe, wooden-soled shoe
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  • 2An encumbrance or impediment.

    ‘a clog in the system’
    • ‘A clog is rarely in the trap and the chemical only helps open the drain a little bit.’
    • ‘The familiar story of system clog may yet end up defeating the best efforts at joint parliamentary action on crime.’
    • ‘For any of the major types of clogs in the main system a heavy duty sewer snake should be used.’

verbclogged, clogging, clogs

  • 1Block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter.

    with object ‘the gutters were clogged up with leaves’
    no object ‘too much fatty food makes your arteries clog up’
    • ‘The surface was like a thick clay which clogged up the tyre treads, turning them into slicks.’
    • ‘He's just back from a fortnight in the city and is suffering from little more than clogged up sinuses.’
    • ‘The particulate matter in the rain water that ran off the roof clogged up my water filter, but otherwise this scare caused no damage.’
    • ‘Do you fear that you'll be clogged up with lots of very, very minor disputes, where people should be able to sort them out themselves?’
    • ‘It clogged up his throat and his chest and made his head ache.’
    • ‘A pump blockage in the existing system had caused the problem after clogged up waste poured out of an emergency outflow pipe.’
    • ‘Kevin's Kurdish driver, Adnan, had raced his engine and clogged up the carburetor of his Nissan.’
    • ‘Within a few days, the heaviest rain for 30 years had turned the soil into a quagmire, producing thick mud that clogged up rifles and immobilised tanks.’
    • ‘Whenever rains are heavy, the drain gets clogged with debris.’
    • ‘And our attitude to debris and litter, clogging up drains, needs to change.’
    • ‘The dust kicked up in her face blinded her and clogged up her throat.’
    • ‘The chief told me that both the primary and the safety pressure regulators were clogged with debris.’
    • ‘At the outset, a solution to Bangalore's clogging drains can't be that simplistic.’
    • ‘The buildup traps oil under skin, leading to more clogged pores and breakouts.’
    • ‘When you finally get your turn in the bathroom, are you met with towels thrown on the floor and the toilet clogged up with reams of toilet roll?’
    • ‘The float valve in the brine tank (inside plastic pipe) also can get clogged up with salt residue.’
    block, obstruct, congest, jam, choke, bung up, dam, dam up, plug, silt up, stop up, seal, fill up, close
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    1. 1.1with object Fill up or crowd (something) so as to obstruct passage.
      ‘tourists clog the roads in summer’
      • ‘And if it is not spam clogging your inbox, it is viruses, worms and other nasties.’
      • ‘She cried out towards him but dust clogged her throat, and she barely got out a raspy whisper.’
      • ‘The filters were completely clogged with plaster dust.’
      • ‘It will create ‘traffic chaos’ because of extra cars clogging the roads.’
      • ‘Of immediate concern to us is the fact that our people fill the jails and clog the justice system.’
      • ‘The narrow streets are clogged with dinner crowds.’
      • ‘"If not, they could be sued and that could clog up the courts," he said.’
      • ‘Traffic clogged major arteries in parts of the state.’
      • ‘The streets were clogged with tourists and pilots jostling for position amidst the sea of vendors and street urchins.’
      • ‘We had so much equipment over there, at one point, it just clogged the roads and filled up a nearby church parking lot.’
      • ‘Expensive cars clog the roads of the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot half of Nicosia.’
      • ‘With so much spam clogging my email in-box, I couldn't survive any more without this program!’
      • ‘Even the narrow passageways were clogged with piles of papers stuffed in among outworn printing presses.’
      • ‘They clog the lane defensively and will create problems for U.S. star Tim Duncan.’
      • ‘Side roads are clogged with cars avoiding the three-in-one rule.’
      • ‘The next day, to get away from all the tourist buses clogging the narrow streets, I took refuge in a pretty little park I found.’
      • ‘The Can-Spam Act was supposed to prevent unsolicited commercial e-mail from clogging your inbox.’
      • ‘A line of cars clogs the tree-lined street, engines idling in the sun.’
      • ‘The city streets and highways were clogged with buried cars and trucks for a week.’
      • ‘The dust clogs my throat and the rocks hurt my feet, but I cannot rest.’
      crowd, pack, pile, press, squeeze, cram
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Middle English (in the sense ‘block of wood to impede an animal's movement’): of unknown origin.