clog

A clog is a blockage, or something that gets in the way. A clog in your kitchen sink might mean you have to call a plumber before you can wash your dishes.

A clog obstructs water from flowing through pipes, and it can also be figurative, like a clog in your city's restaurant inspection system that makes it impossible for people to open new cafes. When clog is a verb, it means to cause such a hindrance. A completely different kind of clog is a heavy, wooden-soled shoe. In the 14th century, a clogge was a "lump of wood," and the verb first meant, "hinder with a block of wood."

Definitions of clog
  1. noun
    any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
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    type of:
    encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
  2. verb
    become or cause to become obstructed
    “The leaves clog our drains in the Fall”
    synonyms: back up, choke, choke off, clog up, congest, foul
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    Antonyms:
    unclog
    become or cause to become unobstructed
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    gum up
    stick together as if with gum
    crap up
    become obstructed or chocked up
    block, choke up, lug, stuff
    obstruct
    silt, silt up
    become chocked with silt
    type of:
    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
  3. verb
    impede with a clog or as if with a clog
    “The market is being clogged by these operations”
    synonyms: constipate
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    type of:
    slow, slow down, slow up
    cause to proceed more slowly
  4. verb
    impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
    “horses were clogged until they were tamed”
  5. verb
    coalesce or unite in a mass
    synonyms: clot
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    coalesce
    fuse or cause to grow together
  6. verb
    fill to excess so that function is impaired
    “Fear clogged her mind”
    “The story was clogged with too many details”
    synonyms: overload
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  7. noun
    footwear usually with wooden soles
    synonyms: geta, patten, sabot
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    type of:
    footgear, footwear
    covering for a person's feet
  8. noun
    a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps
    synonyms: clog dance, clog dancing
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    type of:
    tap dance, tap dancing
    a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
  9. verb
    dance a clog dance
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    type of:
    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
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