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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.’
- 2.1 A backlog.‘keeping a diary may ease the logjam of work considerably’
accumulation, logjam, pile-up, pile, heap, mountain, excessView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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