Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (of a ship's hoisting tackle) Having the blocks drawn close together so no further movement is possible, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.
  • adj. Jammed tightly together; very crowded; completely filled or stuffed.
  • adv. In a crowded manner; as completely or closely as possible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hoisted as high as the tackle will admit; brought close together, as the two blocks of a tackle in hoisting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, jammed: said of a tackle when the blocks are hauled close together.
  • Crowded; crammed full: as, the meeting-hall was chock-a-block.
  • Nautical, so as to be drawn or hauled close together, in such a manner as to hinder or prevent motion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. as completely as possible
  • adj. packed full to capacity

Etymologies

chock + a + block (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As Macdonald points out, primitive life could have survived global glaciation: "modern-day ice cracks off Antarctica are 'chockablock' with single-celled life-forms," he told National Geographic.

    The Tech Report: News

  • My analogy was if our soldiers targeted with teargas and potientially incendiary material an area known to be chockablock full of women and children.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Waco

  • Arranged as a journey from postmodernism's beginnings as an architectural revolt and recapturing of history, and passing through spaces shaped like vectors, the exhibition is chockablock with material at all scales—from the tiniest polished-steel spoon with Mickey Mouse ears to the true-to-size reproduction of the towering "historical" columns from the 1980 architecture biennale in Venice.

    History, Repeating Itself

  • "Rango" is so chockablock with "film within a film" talk - is that a "Steamboat Bill Jr." or "North by Northwest" reference whizzing past?

    Land of allusion: 'Rango' is a double-barreled valentine to Hollywood

  • In fact, the Danish capital is chockablock with exciting new restaurants, many of which are helmed by former Noma chefs and after sampling a few, I can see why many gourmands feel the world's most dynamic dining scene revolves around Denmark.

    Jill Fergus: Copenhagen Dining Beyond Noma

  • At the opposite end of the Usine gallery is the couple's private headquarters, with two small bedrooms "If it were up to me, I'd live in a completely empty, white bedroom!" says the artist, an open-plan kitchen with a counter of 20-centimeter-thick steel, shiny stainless steel floors and a living room/office chockablock with prized pieces by Mr. Venet's wide circle of artist friends from the Minimalist and New Realist schools.

    Venet: A French Artist and His Domain

  • They are also a classic comic pair in a production that's chockablock with vivid characters: Elizabeth Reaser as Buddy's wife, Beth; Collette Wolfe as Matt's wife, Sandra; Louisa Krause as a droll motel desk clerk.

    Nervy 'Young Adult' Dazzles by the Book

  • It suggests a cinematic blockbuster extravaganza chockablock with enough aesthetic resources to last at least one Academy Awards season.

    James Scarborough: A Meta-Narrative for the "Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot For A Biennial," Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  • Instead of providing a low-tax, low-regulation, business-friendly environment for all comers, the city is chockablock with special zones and industrial parks whose tax revenues go to other government-directed investment projects.

    Democrats and Dying Cities

  • Despite a show that was chockablock with such historic moments as . . .

    Like Justin Bieber, no big win for Grammycast

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