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block up

1. To obstruct. This cold is blocking up my nose and I can hardly breathe. One of the kids flushed some action figures, which are now blocking up the pipes.
2. To make one constipated. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "block" and "up." That type of food always blocks me up—I was constipated for days the last time I ate it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

block someone up*

to constipate someone. That food always blocks me up. He blocked himself up by eating something he shouldn't. That vile stuff would block up anybody!
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block something up

to obstruct something; to stop the flow within a channel. The heaps of debris blocked the channel up. The leaves blocked up the drain.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

block up

1. To obstruct something, as a passageway: The stalled truck blocked up the road. The old leaves are blocking up the drainage pipes.
2. To cause something to become obstructed: The soldiers blocked up the tunnel with barbed wire. A bad head cold has blocked my sinus passages up.
3. To become obstructed: My arteries had blocked up, so my doctor put me on a special diet.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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