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December 27, 2011 - Word of the Day


When something is stuck or blocking the free passage of water, air, traffic, etc., we use the word "clog" to describe the situation. You can use it as a noun or as a a verb:

This is what "clog" looks like as a verb:

  • There's something clogging up the sink.
  • A big truck is clogging the intersection and no one can move.
  • My nose is all clogged up with mucus. (You can also say, "My nose is all stuffed up." That's probably more popular.)

bathrub The bathtub is clogged with hair, so I have to use a plunger to fix it.

This is what "clog" looks like as a noun:

  • There's a clog in the sink.
  • The clog was removed with a drain opener.


Note: You can also use the word "clog" when describing a type of wooden shoe--usually worn by women:

clogs These are clogs.

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