from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stop functioning; to come to a halt.
  • v. To stiffen or become tight and difficult to move.
  • v. To stop working suddenly, and become impossible to start again.


The term originates c. 1870 referring to a machine which jammed up because of excessive heat or friction. It has been used figuratively since c. 1950. (Wiktionary)


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