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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: chock-a-block 'with the wooden blocks of a tackle (= ropes for lifting) touching each other, so that no more can be lifted' (1800-1900), from chock on block; influenced by chock-full

chock-a-block

adjective
     
chock-a-block [not before noun] British English
completely full of people or things
chock-a-block with
Paris was chock-a-block with tourists.

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