American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Squeezed together; jammed: The cheering fans were chock-a-block in the stands.
- adj. Completely filled; stuffed: "I recommend the north shore chowder, chockablock with pieces of seasonal fish” ( Charles Monaghan).
- adj. Nautical Drawn so close as to have the blocks touching. Used of a ship's hoisting tackle.
- adv. Chock: a hall that was chock-a-block full.
- Alteration (influenced by chock) of block-a-block : block + a-2 + block. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Standard Model, used by everyone working in high energy particle physics, is chock-a-block with renormalization.”
“The one on the north side of Centro, with hotels, fast food restaurants and "tourist services" chock-a-block?”
“Big show this week, chock-a-block full of genre film goodness!”
“The restaurants and coffee shops were chock-a-block: no seats, no possibility of service.”
“That is saying something about a half-century old 1,183-page novel chock-a-block full of lengthy speeches about philosophy, metaphysics, economics, politics, sex and money.”
“The strong dose of fabric balances rooms that have a lot of leggy furniture and goes with any kind of interior scheme, from art-directed sleek to chock-a-block whimsy.”
“The rows in coach would be chock-a-block with families.”
“Hospital Records' nightlife outpost takes on the capital at the end of the week with a chock-a-block lineup.”
“Lily Allen's anti-piracy rant has made her notorious among copyfighters, who have subjected her site and her words to close scrutiny, discovering that Allen's website is chock-a-block with infringing scans of newspaper articles, infringing mix-tapes (even the rant she posted was lifted from Techdirt).”
“On many mornings, she sets aside a couple of hours, shuts the door of her office, which is chock-a-block with the kitsch that inspires her jewelry collections, and wills herself to be creative.”
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