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- verb figuratively To
stopfunctioning; to come to a halt.
- verb To
stiffenor become tightand difficult to move.
- verb of a machine To stop working suddenly, and become impossible to start again.
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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.
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