from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To remove or clear an obstruction from.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In whist, to play an unnecessarily high card, in order to avoid interrupting a partner's long suit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To remove or clear a block or obstruction from.
  • verb transitive To free or make available.

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

  • verb make (assets) available
  • verb play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding
  • verb clear or remove an obstruction from


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • This is so because the money sits in an imaginary reservoir and the state can "unblock" it (debloquer is the French word used to describe this happy event) ...

    Will Europe Collapse?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • They proceeded on the wrongheaded premise that if you got money to the banks, it would "unblock" the flow of credit to the economy and jump-start it again.

    Marshall Auerback: Memorial Day Recap: War, Spending, and Employment

  • It is " our hope, " the official also said, that talks that could see defense electronics company Thales SA modernize an Indian fleet of Mirage fighter jets will " unblock " during Mr. Sarkozy ' s visit.

    France to Seek Indian Support for G-20 Goals

  • I went to the local phone shop and they said for 30 bucks they could "unblock" my Motoral V600 phone and thus make it so that I can use the phone in Europe as a "local" telephone simply by buying a phone card with service in Europe.


  • Often, MoveOn. org's staff doesn't discover that the mail isn't getting through for days or weeks, and even when it does, ISPs respond slowly to "unblock" requests or refuse to explain why email has been confiscated.

    Boing Boing

  • The brain is good at converting stresses into physical symptoms, so it is not so far-fetched to believe it might work in reverse; that jabbing at various nerves might produce chemical effects in the brain that can "unblock" that energy which the brain is diverting from one system to another, such as from the worrying-about-work-and-boys neurons to the jaw and stomach neurons.

    N@ked Under My Lab Coat

  • The department intended setting up three categories of housing projects in a bid to cut red tape and "unblock" 29 housing projects which have stalled for different reasons.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • President took immediate action to "unblock" bureaucratic channels, and Joe Nhlanhla in his capacity as Secretary of the Politco-Military Committee

    Further Submissions and Responses by the ANC to Questions raised by the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation

  • I logged on today, only to find my friend's blocked. clicking the 'unblock' button does not work. deleting and re-adding them doesn't work. restarting didn't help.

    [Help] Most Recent Posts

  • Some people saying it might be the DLL is not trusted, so you can 'unblock' it, see this blog.

    ASP.NET Forums


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.