- 1 [countable] a large piece of a solid material that has flat, square sides a block of ice/concrete/stone a butcher's block (= for cutting food on) see also building block, cinder block streets
- 2 [countable] a group of buildings with streets on all sides She took the dog for a walk around the block.
- 3[countable] the length of one side of a piece of land or group of buildings, from the place where one street crosses it to the next His apartment is three blocks away from the police station. amount
- 4 [countable] a quantity of something or an amount of time that is considered as a single unit a block of shares a block of text in a document The three-hour class is divided into four blocks of 45 minutes each. that stops progress
- 5 [countable, usually singular] something that makes movement or progress difficult or impossible synonym obstacle Lack of training acts as a block to progress in a career. see also roadblock, stumbling block, writer's block in sports
- 6 [countable] a movement that stops another player from going forward
- 7 the blocks [plural] = starting blocks building
- 8 [countable] a building, especially part of a group of buildings, that is used for a particular purpose a cell block for punishment
- 9 the block [singular] (in the past) the piece of wood on which a person's head was cut off as a punishment Idioms
nounjump to other results
a person who is very similar to their mother or father in the way that they look or behave
a chip off the old block (informal)jump to other results
to be sold, especially at an auction (= a sale in which items are sold to the person who offers the most money)
go on the blockjump to other results
to have a lot of experience
have been around the block (a few times) (informal)jump to other results
used to threaten someone that you will hit them
I'll knock your block/head off! (informal)jump to other results
a person who is new to a place, an organization, etc. Despite his six years in politics, he was still regarded by many as the new kid on the block.
a/the new kid on the block (informal)jump to other results
to risk losing your job, damaging your reputation, etc. by doing or saying something It's not a matter that I'm prepared to put my head on the block for.
put/lay your head/neck on the blockjump to other results