gridlock

[grid-lok]
noun
1.
the stoppage of free vehicular movement in an urban area because key intersections are blocked by traffic.
2.
the blocking of an intersection by vehicular traffic entering the intersection but unable to pass through it.
3.
any situation in which nothing can move or proceed in any direction: a financial gridlock due to high interest rates.

Origin:
1975–80, Americanism; grid + lock1

gridlocked, adjective
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gridlock (ˈɡrɪdˌlɒk)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) (of traffic) to block or obstruct (an area)

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Example sentences
The prospect of two years of gridlock and troublemaking is worrying.
The spread of mobile phones has only worsened telephone gridlock.
Too often, anger on one side leads to guilt and defensiveness on the other,
  resulting in sibling gridlock.
It's a place of constant gridlock and giant holes in the sidewalks.
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