Definition of logjam in English:

logjam

Pronunciation: /ˈlôɡˌjam//ˈläɡˌjam/

noun

  • 1A crowded mass of logs blocking a river.

    • ‘To get around logjams, around dams and around shallow places, they unload their gear and carry the boat to the next put-in; then they backtrack to get the gear.’
    • ‘The second is when Pacino first sees Williams and chases him across a logjam in the river, finally falling into the freezing water and struggling to resurface between the massive logs.’
    • ‘When you decide that certain feelings are too threatening to experience, you cut off your life energy in some way, just like a logjam will dam a river's flow.’
    • ‘About 200 years ago, a huge logjam formed in the Red River where it flows through northwestern Louisiana.’
  • 2A situation that seems irresolvable.

    ‘the president can use the power of the White House to break the logjam over this issue’
    • ‘It would break the logjam that we are now trapped in.’
    • ‘Although this step does break the logjam to some extent, it is not exactly a huge breakthrough in and of itself.’
    • ‘I think it will take a nonpolitician to break the logjam.’
    • ‘The poor sods in 1915 danced around every which way to try and break the logjam.’
    • ‘Each state, unsurprisingly, wanted to be the lead responder, and the team recommended that Hauer try to break the logjam and give direction.’
    • ‘One reason for that view is that the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Arlen Specter, has been quietly building a strategy that could break the logjam over judicial nominations.’
    • ‘Microsoft may be the first to break the logjam in a big way.’
    • ‘Is consumer outrage about rising gasoline prices enough to break the logjam blocking an energy bill?’
    • ‘The White House is dressing this up as some way to break the logjam in the peace process.’
    • ‘During that period, specifically in October 2003 and in December 2004, we agreed to significant initiatives as part of an agreement to break the logjam.’
    • ‘Private messages and other reportage also did not break the logjam.’
    • ‘We have a lot of hope that we can use this bill to break the logjam and move forward on Social Security.’
    • ‘Incredibly, all six teams in the provincial tournament finished with 1-1 round robin records, as tie-breaking formulas were utilized to break the logjam.’
    • ‘One thing that may break the logjam is the ability to build a functioning democracy.’
    • ‘Michael Cullen decided to break the logjam, and I compliment him on that.’
    • ‘It is profoundly unlikely that any short-term means can be found to break the logjam.’
    • ‘Attempts to break the logjam struck at the very root of republican theology.’
    • ‘He called for ‘full ventilation of the history’ and suggested that leadership was necessary to break the logjam.’
    1. 2.1 A backlog.
      ‘keeping a diary may ease the logjam of work considerably’
      • ‘The copayments, user fees, information barriers, and bureaucratic logjams that impair access, especially by the poor, must be eliminated.’
      • ‘Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP's health spokeswoman, challenged ministers to intervene to ease the logjam.’
      • ‘The large numbers of patients create logjams, with some patients spending hours on trolleys.’
      • ‘More important is the phenomenon called VIP movement that creates traffic logjams that last hours.’
      accumulation, logjam, pile-up, pile, heap, mountain, excess
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Pronunciation:

logjam

/ˈlôɡˌjam//ˈläɡˌjam/