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block in

To prevent someone or something from moving from a certain spot. A noun or pronoun can be used between "block" and "in." I can't move my car because some jerk blocked me in! All these boxes are blocking in my tools at the back of the garage—I can't get to any of them.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

block (someone or something) in some place

 and block (someone or something) in
to place an obstacle that prevents someone or something from getting out of something. I can't get out of my parking space. Someone blocked me in my space. Don't block in any of the other cars in the garage.
See also: block, place
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
At the same time that his agents were purchasing corner lots and entire blocks in the heart of the business section and the waste lands for factory sites, Day was rushing franchises through the city council, capturing the two exhausted water companies and the eight or nine independent street railways, and getting his grip on the Oakland Creek and the bay tide-lands for his dock system.
He said: "The reality is, from our point of view, there are three blocks in the season the autumn internationals, the Six Nations and the Tour.
* Policies blocking social networks become more prominent--Social networking sites accounted for 4% of policy blocks in the enterprise by the end of Q1, whereas at the beginning of the quarter it accounted for only 2.5%.
Improvements costing pounds 4,300 are being proposed for a block of flats in Fraser Grove and two blocks in Elderslie Walk on the Owton Manor Estate.