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1‘a block of cheese’
chunk, hunk, brick, slab, lump, piece
bar, cake, cube, wedge, mass, wad, slice
British informal wodge
2‘the convent is likely to be transformed into a block of bedsits’
building, complex, structure, development
3‘a block of shares’
batch, group, cluster, set, section, quantity, series
4‘a sketching block’
pad, notebook, jotter, tablet, sketchbook, scratch pad
5‘imperialism is a block to Third World development’
obstacle, obstruction, bar, barrier, impediment, hindrance, check, hurdle, stumbling block
difficulty, problem, snag, disadvantage, complication, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent
6‘a block in the pipe’
blockage, obstruction, stoppage, stopping up, clot, occlusion
1‘weeds can block drainage ditches’
stop up, choke, plug, obstruct, gum up, occlude, dam up, congest, jam, close
informal bung up, gunge up
2‘picket lines blocked access to the factory’
hinder, hamper, obstruct, impede, inhibit, check, arrest, restrict, limit, deter, curb, interrupt
halt, stop, bar, prevent, thwart, baulk, frustrate, foil, scotch, circumvent, stand in the way of
3‘the defender blocked a shot on the goal line’
parry, stop, defend against, fend off, stave off, turn aside, deflect, hold off, avert, repel, rebuff, repulse, hold at bay, keep at bay
1‘the towering trees blocked out the light’
conceal, hide, screen, keep out, blot out, exclude
eliminate, obliterate, eradicate, erase, rub out, wipe out, blank out, efface, remove all traces of
halt, stop, deny, suppress, repress
2‘I would block out an area and then sketch in the detail’
sketch out, trace out, outline, set out, lay out, delineate, draft
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