logjam

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log +‎ jam

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logjam (plural logjams)

  1. An excess of logs being conveyed on a river, so that their motion halts.
  2. (figuratively) A clog or such jam or mess that halts or greatly delays progress.
    Efforts to amend the law got sidetracked in an administrative logjam.
    A step forward for the minimum wage increase this afternoon, as the Senate cleared the logjam of the Republican filibuster. [1]

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