[ 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.
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Origin of roadblock
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A car or truck had stopped beyond the road-blocking beam and waited for it to be cut off, as it had been.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
/ (ˈrəʊdˌblɒk) /
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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