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English definition of “jam”

jam

noun [S] (DIFFICULT SITUATION)    /dʒæm/ informal
a difficult situation: I'm in a bit of a jam - could you lend me some money till next week? How are we going to get ourselves out of this jam?Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of jam noun (DIFFICULT SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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