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[rohd-blok] /ˈroʊdˌblɒk/
an obstruction placed across a road, especially of barricades or police cars, for halting or hindering traffic, as to facilitate the capture of a pursued car or inspection for safety violations.
an obstruction on a road, as a fallen tree or a pile of fallen rocks.
a hastily built barricade, as of barbed wire, erected across a road to hold up the advance of an enemy.
an action, condition, etc., that obstructs progress toward an objective:
Nationalism is a roadblock to European unity.
verb (used with object)
to halt or obstruct with or as if with a roadblock.
Origin of roadblock
1935-40; road + block Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They will not have found a clear answer: such polls may be a landmark on the road to peace or a roadblock.
  • To capture this growth, technology and the corresponding information overload is both a roadblock and enabler.
  • But this means that the fiscal roadblock to higher growth will remain.
  • Anything that can be construed as a roadblock to more reactor construction will be used as such by many, if given the opportunity.
  • One potential roadblock is the instability of certain materials at high temperatures.
  • There hasn't been a single roadblock, but there have been recurring issues that arise in these kinds of studies.
  • The sea had been so close to the roadblock that it lapped right up to its perimeter of sandbags at high tide.
  • There's a range of costs and that is of course, the other roadblock.
  • Next to the roadblock a vacant house bore a notice that it was unsafe for occupation.
  • Another roadblock hindering solar cells is that much of the light they collect is wasted as heat and not converted to electricity.
British Dictionary definitions for roadblock


a barrier set up across a road by the police or military, in order to stop a fugitive, inspect traffic, etc
a difficulty or obstacle to progress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for roadblock

1940, from road + block (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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