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roadblock

[rohd-blok] /ˈroʊdˌblɒk/
noun
1.
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.
2.
an obstruction on a road, as a fallen tree or a pile of fallen rocks.
3.
a hastily built barricade, as of barbed wire, erected across a road to hold up the advance of an enemy.
4.
an action, condition, etc., that obstructs progress toward an objective:
Nationalism is a roadblock to European unity.
verb (used with object)
5.
to halt or obstruct with or as if with a roadblock.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; road + block
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British Dictionary definitions for roadblocks

roadblock

/ˈrəʊdˌblɒk/
noun
1.
a barrier set up across a road by the police or military, in order to stop a fugitive, inspect traffic, etc
2.
a difficulty or obstacle to progress
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Word Origin and History for roadblocks

roadblock

n.

1940, from road + block (n.).

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