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jam

verb  /dʒæm/ (-mm-) us  

jam verb (PUSH)

[T always + adv/prep] to push something hard with sudden effort: [M] She jammed on the brakes when the light turned red.

jam verb (PACK)

[T always + adv/prep] to pack tightly into a small space: He jammed the boxes into the trunk of the car.

jam verb (BECOME STUCK)

[I/T] to become stuck and unable to move, or to be stuck in something: [I] My key jammed in the lock. [T] Paper was jamming the printer.

jam verb (MUSIC)

[I] to play popular music informally with other people, without planning it or practicing together: He once jammed with Charlie Parker.

jam

noun  /dʒæm/ us  

jam noun (SITUATION)

[C] infml a difficult situation: She expects her parents to bail her out whenever she gets in a jam.

jam noun (FOOD)

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