chock-full, chock-a-block


chock-full, chock-a-block
Загромождённый, битком набитый, забитый до отказа. Слово chock, однако, имеет самостоятельное значение в каждом из этих выражений. В первом (chock-full) оно означает удушье от большого количества людей, которые набиты как сельди в бочке, тесно прижаты друг к другу так, что можно задохнуться:

The room was chock-full of people. — Комната была так забита людьми, что невозможно было продохнуть.

Во втором выражении (chock-a-block) слово chock имеет то же значение, что и слово block, это морской термин, обозначающий большой кусок дерева, через который перекинута верёвка или леска. Таким образом, смысл этого выражения в том, что один block находится против другого так близко, что промежуток между ними практически незаметен:

You are unlikely to get tickets for 'Phantom of the Opera'. The theatre is chock-a-block every night. — Ты вряд ли достанешь билеты на «Призрак оперы». Театр забит до отказа каждый вечер.


English-Russian dictionary of expressions. 2014.

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  • chock-a-block — [ˌtʃɔk ə ˈblɔk US ˈtʃa:k ə ˌbla:k] adj [not before noun] BrE [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;… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chock-a-block — or chock·a·block (chŏkʹə blŏk ) adj. 1. Squeezed together; jammed: The cheering fans were chock a block in the stands. 2. Completely filled; stuffed: “I recommend the north shore chowder, chockablock with pieces of seasonal fish” (Charles… …   Universalium

  • chock-a-block — adjective not usually before noun INFORMAL very full, so that there is not much room for anything or anyone else: chock a block with: It s an area that s chock a block with tourists …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chock-a-block — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ crammed full. ORIGIN originally in nautical use, with reference to blocks in tackle running close together …   English terms dictionary

  • chock-a-block — adj. & adv. crammed close together; crammed full (a street chock a block with cars). Etymology: orig. Naut., with ref. to tackle with the two blocks run close together * * * adverb as completely as possible it was chock a block full • Syn: ↑chock …   Useful english dictionary

  • chock-a-block — [[t]tʃɒ̱k ə blɒ̱k[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ, oft ADJ with n A place that is chock a block is very full of people, things, or vehicles. [INFORMAL] The small roads are chock a block with traffic. Syn: packed …   English dictionary

  • chock-a-block — UK / US adjective [not usually before noun] informal very full, so that there is not much room for anything or anyone else chock a block with: It s an area that s chock a block with tourists …   English dictionary

  • chock-a-block — adjective (not before noun) full of people or things that are very close to each other (+ with): Disneyland was chock a block with people that day …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • chock-a-block — /tʃɒk ə ˈblɒk/ (say chok uh blok) Colloquial –adjective Also, chocka, chocker, chokka. 1. full; overcrowded. –adverb 2. Nautical → two blocks (def. 1). 3. Also …   Australian English dictionary

  • Chock a block — full to the point one can fill no more; crowded to over flowing; in a jammed or crowded condition …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • chock-a-block — adjective informal, chiefly Brit. crammed full. Origin C19 (orig. in naut. use, with ref. to tackle having the two blocks run close together): from chock (in chock full) and block …   English new terms dictionary