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clog up

1. To obstruct. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clog" and "up." This cold is clogging up my nose and I can hardly breathe. Yuck! There's a wad of hair clogging the drain up!
2. To become obstructed or filled up such that nothing can get through. Honey, where's the plunger? The toilet clogged up again. If the gutter clogs up, you're going to have a bunch of dirty water start spilling down onto your driveway.
3. To make constipated. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clog" and "up." That type of food always clogs me up—I was constipated for days the last time I ate it.
See also: clog, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

clog someone up

[for some kind of food] to constipate someone. This cheese clogs me up. I can't eat it. This food clogs up people who eat it.
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clog something up

[for something] to obstruct a channel or conduit. The leaves clogged the gutters up. They clogged up the gutter.
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clog up

[for a channel or conduit] to become blocked. The canal clogged up with leaves and mud.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

clog up

v.
1. To obstruct some passageway: The fallen leaves clogged up the drainpipe. The sediment clogged the pipe up.
2. To cause something to become obstructed: I clogged up the sink with some leftover food. This nagging cold has clogged my sinuses up.
3. To become obstructed: Call the plumber; the toilet clogged up again.
See also: clog, up
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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The A1027 from Seal Sands to Portrack was also clogged up, and the road over Newport Bridge into Middlesbrough took at least 20 minutes to pass.
We are equally wise that power lines would be more reliable if overhanging branches were cut back that water supplies would improve if leaks were fixed, if the reservoir pumps worked, and if dams were not clogged up by people farming on river banks.What we see so clearly and moan so loudly about is nothing more nor less than lack of care and preventive maintenance.
While inside they clogged up a classroom sink and turned on the taps.
Tools such as Azure Import/Export will allow users to hold back ups at the nearest Azure data center, for when an enterprise network becomes clogged up. Azure Data Recovery Site is a disaster recovery site that can shield VMware virtual machines and physical servers.
CLEANING A FILE This tool can become clogged up with small fragments and dust from the surface you are filing and will gradually become less effective.
It is not acceptable to have a residential road, acting as a main artery of our city region, clogged up in this way.