grid lock


the stoppage of free vehicular movement in an urban area because key intersections are blocked by traffic.
the blocking of an intersection by vehicular traffic entering the intersection but unable to pass through it.
any situation in which nothing can move or proceed in any direction: a financial gridlock due to high interest rates.

1975–80, Americanism; grid + lock1

gridlocked, adjective Unabridged
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gridlock (ˈɡrɪdˌlɒk)
1.  obstruction of urban traffic caused by queues of vehicles forming across junctions and causing further queues to form in the intersecting streets
2.  a point in a dispute at which no agreement can be reached; deadlock: political gridlock
3.  (tr) (of traffic) to block or obstruct (an area)

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