logjam also log-jam, "congestion of logs on a river," by 1851, Amer.Eng.; see LOG (Cf. log) (n.1) + JAM (Cf. jam) (v.). The figurative sense is by 1890.

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  • logjam — ► NOUN 1) a crowded mass of logs blocking a river. 2) a deadlock. 3) a backlog …   English terms dictionary

  • logjam — ☆ logjam [lôg′jam΄ ] n. 1. an obstacle formed by logs jamming together in a stream 2. an obstacle formed by the accumulation of many items to deal with 3. a deadlock or impasse …   English World dictionary

  • logjam — n. 1) to break (up), clear a logjam 2) (fig.) (esp. AE) a legislative logjam * * * [ lɒgdʒæm] clear a logjam (fig.) (esp. AE) a legislative logjam to break (up) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • logjam — UK [ˈlɒɡˌdʒæm] / US [ˈlɔɡˌdʒæm] noun [countable] Word forms logjam : singular logjam plural logjams a situation in which one problem is stopping anything else from being done They need to break the logjam that has held up the talks for weeks …   English dictionary

  • logjam — noun Date: 1885 1. a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse 2. a. deadlock, impasse < trying to break the logjam in negotiations > b. blockage c. jam, crowd • logjam transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • logjam — noun a) An excess of logs being conveyed on a river, so that their motion halts. Efforts to amend the law got sidetracked in an administrative logjam. b) A clog or such jam or mess that halts or greatly delays progress. A step forward for the… …   Wiktionary

  • logjam — [[t]lɒ̱gʤæm[/t]] logjams N COUNT: usu sing To break the logjam means to change or deal with a difficult situation which has existed for a long time. [JOURNALISM] A new initiative was needed to break the logjam …   English dictionary

  • logjam — /ˈlɒgdʒæm/ (say logjam) noun 1. a mass of logs forming a wedge across a current, behind which the logs are trapped. 2. any similar situation in which items which ought to be flowing smoothly forward are piled up behind one another: *trying to… …  

  • logjam — /lawg jam , log /, n. 1. an immovable pileup or tangle of logs, as in a river, causing a blockage. 2. any blockage or massive accumulation: a logjam of bills before Congress. [1880 85; LOG1 + JAM1] * * * …   Universalium

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