I. adverb Date: 1840 chock <
chockablock full
II. adjective Date: 1850 1. brought close together 2. very full <
shelves chockablock with books

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Chockablock — Chock a*block, a. (Naut.) Hoisted as high as the tackle will admit; brought close together, as the two blocks of a tackle in hoisting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chockablock — [chäk′ə bläk΄] adj. [see CHOCK & BLOCK] 1. Naut. a) pulled so tight as to have the blocks touching: said of a hoisting tackle b) hoisted all the way up, as a signal flag 2. crowded or jammed adv. tightly together …   English World dictionary

  • chockablock — /chok euh blok /, adj. 1. extremely full; crowded; jammed: a room chockablock with furniture and plants. 2. Naut. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost. adv. 3. in a crowded manner: books piled… …   Universalium

  • chockablock — 1. adjective a) (of a ships hoisting tackle) Having the blocks drawn close together so no further movement is possible, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost. Some of Sardinias gorgeous seaside towns have lately been invaded by builders who… …   Wiktionary

  • chockablock — tightly packed, crammed in one place, chock full    The square was chockablock with people all looking at the pope …   English idioms

  • chockablock — adjective packed full to capacity chowder chockablock with pieces of fish • Syn: ↑chock full, ↑chockful, ↑choke full, ↑chuck full, ↑cram full • Similar to: ↑full …   Useful english dictionary

  • chockablock — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Completely rilled: brimful, brimming, bursting, full, packed, replete. See FULL …   English dictionary for students

  • chockablock — adj. packed full; pulled as tight as possible, close together (e.g. of nautical lines) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chockablock — chock·a·block …   English syllables

  • chockablock — chock•a•block or chock a block [[t]ˈtʃɒk əˈblɒk[/t]] adj. 1) cvb extremely full; crowded; jammed 2) cvb naut. navig. Naut. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost 3) cvb in a crowded way; closely;… …   From formal English to slang

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