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gridlock

[grid-lok] /ˈgrɪdˌlɒk/
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 of gridlock
1975-1980
1975-80, Americanism; grid + lock1
Related forms
gridlocked, adjective
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gridlock

/ˈɡrɪdˌlɒk/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) (of traffic) to block or obstruct (an area)
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Word Origin and History for gridlock

1980 (n.); 1987 (v.); from grid + lock. Related: Gridlocked; gridlocking.

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gridlock

noun

A blockage; paralysis: Until the emotional and psychological gridlock over the Federal deficit is broken

[1980+; fr the traffic term designating a total blockage of traffic caused by cars stopping in intersections behind other stopped cars and blocking traffic on the intersecting street]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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