- 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.
- to halt or obstruct with or as if with a roadblock.
Origin of roadblock
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Examples from the Web for roadblock
For over a decade, those trying to make better sunscreen found a roadblock at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
As Mitchell was looking to expand his enterprise in the mid-2000s, he ran into a roadblock.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
Not far from the drop-off point, the team ran into their first roadblock.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
The roadblock was an example of how quickly the reality on the ground is changing.Pro-Russian Rebels Brag Kiev Is Next
September 2, 2014
We knew as we approached that this roadblock was supposed to be one of the most difficult to get through in the region.Held at Gunpoint by Ukraine Rebels
May 31, 2014
Then, tonight, you took the chance of finding the roadblock.The Flaming Mountain
Harold Leland Goodwin
Ten yards past the roadblock he turned around and looked at Malone.
Malone got the car going; the roadblock was lifted for him and he went on by.
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
Removal of this roadblock has high priority in my legislative recommendations.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for roadblock
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