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"jam" in British English

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jamnoun

uk   /dʒæm/ us   /dʒæm/
  • jam noun (FOOD)

A2 [C or U] a sweet, soft food made by cooking fruit with sugar to preserve it. It is eaten on bread: strawberry/raspberry jam jam sandwiches

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jamverb

uk   /dʒæm/ us   /dʒæm/ -mm-
(Definition of jam from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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jamverb

us   /dʒæm/ -mm-
  • 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.

jamnoun

us   /dʒæm/
  • 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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