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bloc

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
en bloc
▪ You cannot dismiss these stories en bloc.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
communist
▪ Geography, with special attention to the disposition of the Communist bloc and the free World.
▪ Why do you think everything throughout the old Communist bloc looked so bad?
eastern
▪ I had already begun an outline for another book and for that I needed some local colour in an Eastern bloc country.
▪ Information about the success or otherwise of control measures in the Eastern bloc is scarce.
▪ The country's main benefactors are the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc - which can supply guns but not bread.
▪ Throughout the alliance the will was lacking to create conventional forces on the scale needed to balance those of the Eastern bloc.
▪ The Eastern bloc desperately needed Western goods but had no hard currency to pay for them, even if they were available legitimately.
▪ Other former Eastern bloc countries also face growing concern over their ageing nuclear power stations.
▪ The rise of ethnic violence throughout the Eastern bloc is unfortunately the other side of the coin to self-determination.
large
▪ With 464 delegates out of the total of 1,276, they are by far the largest bloc.
▪ Independents, who number 46, 708, form the largest bloc of registered voters.
▪ Communists and their allies control the largest bloc of seats in the 450-member Duma.
military
▪ The texts still contained an important difference on the issue of maximum overall foreign troop deployments allowed to the two military blocs.
regional
▪ Formation of regional party bloc Five regional autonomy parties moved towards forming a political bloc under the leadership of the Lombardy League.
▪ Countries splinter, regional trading blocs grow, the global economy becomes ever more interconnected.
Regional trade blocs Rather than act independently, many developing countries have tried to increase their competitiveness by forming regional trade blocs.
▪ A new system of trading rules has to be developed to govern the behavior of regional blocs.
▪ As a result regional trading blocs are emerging as natural stepping-stones in an evolutionary process toward a truly global economy.
soviet
▪ In time the Soviet bloc might begin to break up as nationalism reasserted itself among the satellite states.
▪ The Soviet bloc collapses; same story.
▪ Or perhaps she is a kind of Soviet bloc Norma Desmond.
▪ The demise of the Soviet bloc deprived revolutionaries of powerful sponsors.
▪ The president himself ordered studies of the feasibility of tougher policies than had been been pursued under Truman against the Soviet bloc.
▪ Nearly all of it was imported, at preferential prices, from Soviet bloc countries.
▪ No Soviet bloc representatives sat on the Commission.
▪ Pacepa was not the first defector from the world of Soviet bloc secret services to make such a claim.
trading
▪ These harmful effects can also be exacerbated by the adoption of increased protectionist measures by trading blocs against non-bloc countries.
■ NOUN
country
▪ I had already begun an outline for another book and for that I needed some local colour in an Eastern bloc country.
▪ Nearly all of it was imported, at preferential prices, from Soviet bloc countries.
▪ Other former Eastern bloc countries also face growing concern over their ageing nuclear power stations.
power
▪ The sheer destructiveness of the H-bomb could force the rival power blocs to negotiate and seek ways to avoid general war.
▪ Yet racial, national, and religious power blocs have always been integral to how power is wielded in this nation.
▪ The honour was historically linked with the honour of Pontefract and together they formed a single trans-Pennine power bloc.
▪ He agreed with Wedgie about the dissolution of the power blocs.
trade
▪ Regional trade blocs Rather than act independently, many developing countries have tried to increase their competitiveness by forming regional trade blocs.
■ VERB
form
▪ Formation of regional party bloc Five regional autonomy parties moved towards forming a political bloc under the leadership of the Lombardy League.
▪ Independents, who number 46, 708, form the largest bloc of registered voters.
▪ Regional trade blocs Rather than act independently, many developing countries have tried to increase their competitiveness by forming regional trade blocs.
vote
▪ With Carpenter, Kelly and Davies acting as a voting bloc, the board adopted a conservative legislative agenda.
▪ They lose the massive voting bloc which otherwise might double and, in certain urban areas, quadruple their constituencies.
▪ The middle-class elderly are a powerful voting bloc, quick to mobilize against any attack on their benefit programs.
▪ Representing a distinct, highly opinionated voting bloc, his was a political voice that could not be ignored.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And most of the money coming in was offset by spending on imports into the bloc.
▪ And of course we have to maintain friendships with all blocs.
▪ But in class terms it marked a split within the ruling bloc, not the totalizing rupture from without that repealers claimed.
▪ Formation of regional party bloc Five regional autonomy parties moved towards forming a political bloc under the leadership of the Lombardy League.
▪ Regional trade blocs Rather than act independently, many developing countries have tried to increase their competitiveness by forming regional trade blocs.
▪ The government sold a controlling 35 percent bloc of shares to a group led by Telefonica de Espana in March 1994.
▪ Yet racial, national, and religious power blocs have always been integral to how power is wielded in this nation.
▪ Yet that is precisely the aim of the substantial anti-environment bloc Republicans have assembled in Congress.
Wikipedia

Bloc

Bloc may refer to:

  • Black bloc, a tactic used at protests, often by anarchist-aligned groups
  • Bloc Québécois, a political party in Canada
  • Bloc voting (disambiguation), several types of voting systems
  • Eastern Bloc, a former group of countries in Europe
  • Political bloc, a coalition of political parties
  • Trade bloc, a type of intergovernmental agreement
  • Valencian Nationalist Bloc, a political party in Land of Valencia
  • Voting bloc, a group of voters voting together
  • Bloc Hotels a small UK chain of hotels.

Bloc (code school)

'''Bloc '''is an online interactive platform that offers a variety of online coding bootcamps in several areas including web development, mobile development, and design.

It also adopted the apprenticeship model where students are paired with an experienced mentor who provides support and guidance throughout the curriculum using Skype.

Wiktionary

bloc

n. 1 a group of voters or politicians who share common goals 2 a group of countries acting together for political or economic goals, an alliance: e.g., the eastern bloc, the western bloc, a trading bloc 3 in specific contexts 'the bloc' may refer to: 4 # the countries in the Eurozone 5 # the countries in the European Union

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

bloc

1903, in reference to alliances in Continental politics, from French bloc "group, block," from Old French bloc "piece of wood" (see block (n.)).

WordNet

bloc

n. a group of countries in special alliance [syn: axis]

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Usage examples of "bloc".

But even as Americans correctly contrasted the freedom of the American way of life with the coercive constraints of life in the Communist bloc, they often forgot the seductive constraints of their own seemingly apolitical system.

Even across five hundred yards, Batman could recognize the Soviet bloc weapon with its curved, thirty-round banana magazine.

Jehan, que notre fief de Tirechappe ne rapporte, en mettant en bloc le cens et les rentes des vingt-une maisons, que trente-neuf livres onze sous six deniers parisis.

He recommended closer relations with the sterling bloc, for want of which he predicted an appreciable devaluation of the gulden.

When after many nights passed au bloc as these birds are now, I prevail upon the hagard to stay quietly on the wrist, then the bird is ready to be taught to come for its food.

Socialism is totally discredited, says Kapor, fresh back from the Eastern Bloc.

He had built up a power bloc which he could not use against any Meadows, but would certainly use against Birdy.

At the same time, it began training its antennas on the Middle East rather than exclusively on the Soviet Bloc.

If Washington refuses to project its diplomatic and military power to contain the Malaysian-produced Islamic threat in Asia, there is a danger that the United States and Australia will soon face anti-American and anti-Israeli blocs, Rubenstein insisted.

The largest producer of natural gas was Exxon Corporation, and the largest blocs of private stock in F.

In this interpretation, blocs of adversaries remain, together, in a state that is neither classical peace nor classical war in the Clausewitzian sense.

As I have mentioned earlier, there are now even sf clubs and fanzines in the East Bloc.

Within a few months I was not only in principle but organisationally outside the bloc.

The first part of my task was to take delivery in Saudi of some former Eastern bloc weapons that had been smuggled in--Russian Draganov sniper weapons, a couple of Makharov pistols, and two AK assault rifles, the parachute version with a folding stock.

By the time the United States and the West had interpreted what was happening, the whole bloc to the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz would be invested with Soviet sympathizers, and the seas open to the Red Fleet.