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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Block.
 
To block a Bill. In parliamentary language means to postpone or prevent the passage of a Bill by giving notice of opposition, and thus preventing its being taken after half-past twelve at night.   1
        “By blocking the Bill [he] denied to two million persons the right of having votes.”—Contemporary Review, August, 1884, p. 171.
 


 Blinkers.Blockhead. 

 
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