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gridlock

noun grid·lock \-ˌläk\

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

First Known Use of GRIDLOCK

1980

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