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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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  • The governor's car with its police escort rolled through the streets of Calor, en route to the roadblock at the hotel road.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Malone got the car going; the roadblock was lifted for him and he went on by.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Ten yards past the roadblock he turned around and looked at Malone.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I'm sure the Cassylians don't want to advertise their bad sportsmanship so there won't be anything as crude as a roadblock.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Then, tonight, you took the chance of finding the roadblock.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
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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