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gridlock

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noun grid·lock \-ˌläk\

Simple Definition of gridlock

  • : a situation in which streets are so full that vehicles cannot move

  • : a situation in which no progress can be made

Full Definition of gridlock

  1. 1 :  a traffic jam in which a grid of intersecting streets is so completely congested that no vehicular movement is possible

  2. 2 :  a situation resembling gridlock (as in congestion or lack of movement) <political gridlock>

gridlock transitive verb

Examples of gridlock

  1. An accident caused gridlock at rush hour yesterday.

  2. We were caught in a gridlock.

  3. Disagreements about funding have caused legislative gridlock in Congress.



1980

First Known Use of gridlock

1980



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