Posted by R. Berg on August 16, 2001
In Reply to: Choc-a-bloc posted by Sarah Tree on August 16, 2001
: Can't find the origin of "choc-a-bloc". Any ideas?
The Oxford English Dictionary has this:
Chock-a-block (Naut.), said of a tackle with the two blocks run close together so that they touch each other--the limit of hoisting; transf., jammed or crammed close together.
"Hauling the reef-tackles chock-a-block" (Richard Henry Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840).