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block

1. n. the head. Try to get this stuff through your block before the test.
2. n. the auction block. The painting went on the block and sold for nearly fifty-three million dollars.
3. n. a stupid person. (Possibly a back formation on blockhead.) You silly block! Get out of the way.
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This enormous block lies there, squared and ready for the builders' hands--a solid mass fourteen feet by seventeen, and but a few inches less than seventy feet long!
They blocked the way; they seized him, and though he fell, groveling upon his knees before them, begging for his life, they bound him and hurled him to the floor of the inner temple.
And Joe, picking up one more block, desperately tossed it out of the car.
Across the street and half a block down, high up in a building, I could see heads peering out.
An' say, the chief of police, in a police auto, sittin' up like God Almighty--just before we got to Peralta street they was a block an' the police chargin', an' an old woman, right from her front gate, lammed the chief of police full in the face with a dead cat.
"It is that the spot where Moses and his people passed is now so blocked up with sand that the camels can barely bathe their legs there.
"Glory be!" said Clancey, who lived in the next block from him.
"I've identified the big block to the left," he observed, and pointed with his fork at a square formed by several rows of lights.
"This block is very low, is there no other to be had?"
Joe blocked, and backed, and slid around the ring, avoiding blows and living somehow through the whirlwind onslaughts.
A moment afterwards he had entered the block house and with one grim nod to me proceeded with his work among the sick.
The French had attacked the Russian army in order to drive it from its position ought to have made that effort, for as long as the Russians continued to block the road to Moscow as before, the aim of the French had not been attained and all their efforts and losses were in vain.
He knelt down, said his prayers, and observed, not without a feeling of sincere joy, that, laying his head on the block, and keeping his eyes open, he would be able to his last moment to see the grated window of the Buytenhof.
The streets were very full that day, but we got on pretty well as far as the bottom of Cheapside, where there was a block for three or four minutes.
The main street, one block back from the river, and running parallel with it, was the sole business street.