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chock full of (something)

Having a lot of something; very full of something. If you don't like raisins, you won't like this cake —it's chock full of them. Good luck fitting anything else in that storage locker—it is just chock full of boxes.
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pull (up) chocks

1. To remove the wedges used to keep the wheels of a vehicle from moving. Used especially in reference to aviation, particularly in the military. I was put on duty pulling chocks for the fighter jets aboard the aircraft carrier. She was willing to do any tough job, from pulling chocks to hauling cargo.
2. To pack up and leave some place. OK, team, we're finished here—let's pull chocks and head back to headquarters. After a week of camping in the countryside, we finally pulled up chocks and decided to stay in a bed and breakfast for the night before going back home.
3. To leave one's place of residence or employment and relocate elsewhere. I've loved living in the city, but now that we have a baby on the way, it's time to pull up chocks and find somewhere more affordable. I always told myself that I would pull chocks after spending five years working for them.
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chock full of something

Fig. very full of something. These cookies are chock full of big chunks of chocolate.
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pull chocks

and pull up stakes
tv. to leave a place. (see also up stakes.) Time to pull chocks and get out of here. We pulled up stakes and moved on.
See also: chock, pull

chock-a-block, to be

Also, chock-full. To be very full, tightly jammed together. It was originally a nineteenth-century nautical term, describing the blocks of a tackle drawn so close that they touched. In time it was transferred to objects, people—just about anything very crowded. W. Somerset Maugham used it, “The city’s inns were chock-a-block and men were sleeping three, four and five to a bed” (Then and Now, 1946). The synonymous “chock-full” is much older, dating from the fifteenth century, and actually may be used more often, in such locutions as, “Her paper was chock-full of typos.”
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The Vehicle Chocking System is also the subject of Utility Patent # 6,957,722 B1 within the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
After truck is spotted, Automatic wheel hydraulically-powered chock rises from its chocking stored, in-ground position; it then contacts vehicle tire(s), restraining truck.
Tenders are invited for Supply of Chocking Resin Material and chock fasting of Equipments
The Universal Truck-Chock from Serco is an automatic wheel chocking system that positively restrains and secures truck trailers with a hydraulically operated, moving wheel chock.
Reduced manpower has forced many pipeline managers and compressor superintendents to take another look at adjustable chocking systems.
Even when these trucks were operated by Baxter's own drivers who, along with warehouse employees, used accident-prevention procedures such as manual chocking of wheels, outbound dock safety wasn't at as high a level as desired.
Serco has introduced the Universal Truck-Chock, an automatic wheel chocking system that positively restrains and secures truck trailers with a hydraulically operated, moving wheel chock.