block

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noun
1 solid piece of sth
ADJECTIVE
big, huge, large, massive
small
solid
cement, concrete, ice, stone, wood, wooden
building
rectangular
starting (for a runner)

I was aiming to be first out of the starting blocks.

stumbling (figurative)

The issue has been a major stumbling block in trade negotiations.

breeze (BrE), cinder (AmE)
PHRASES
on the chopping block

I'm not putting my head on the chopping block (= putting myself at risk) for you.

2 (BrE) large building divided into offices, etc.
ADJECTIVE
high-rise, tower
tenement (BrE)
administration, apartment, cell, office

The prisoners had been transferred to a different cell block.

PREPOSITION
in a/the block

She lives in a modern apartment block.

block of

a block of flats

3 group of buildings with streets around it
ADJECTIVE
city

The hotel occupies an entire block.

PREPOSITION
around the block, round the block (esp. BrE)

People were queueing round the block to get in. (BrE)

Fans lined up around the block to get tickets for the show. (AmE)

block from (AmE)

We're about four blocks from my house.

block down (AmE)

They walked a few blocks down the street.

4 temporary loss of abilities
ADJECTIVE
mental, writer's

The author denies that she is experiencing writer's block.

VERB + BLOCK
experience, have, suffer from

I suddenly had a mental block and couldn't remember his name.

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verb
1 make it difficult to pass
ADVERB
completely
almost
partially, partly
off, up

The old route is completely blocked off.

Don't block up the corridor with all these boxes.

VERB + BLOCK
try to
move to

One of the men moved to block their path.

PREPOSITION
with

The exit was blocked with beer crates.

2 prevent sth being done
ADVERB
successfully
effectively

The new rules would effectively block protesters' attempts to assert their rights.

VERB + BLOCK
attempt to, seek to, try to
move to

The group has moved to block the government's proposals.

PHRASAL VERB
block sth out
ADVERB
completely

Black clouds had completely blocked out the sun.

almost

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
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