Definition of gridlock
- political gridlock
An accident caused gridlock at rush hour yesterday.
We were caught in a gridlock.
Disagreements about funding have caused legislative gridlock in Congress.
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: a situation in which streets are so full that vehicles cannot move
: a situation in which no progress can be made
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