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
Examples of gridlock in a Sentence
An accident caused gridlock at rush hour yesterday.
We were caught in a gridlock.
Disagreements about funding have caused legislative gridlock in Congress.
Recent Examples of gridlock from the Web
With the finish line in sight, Christie and his aides did little to acknowledge the optics of himself and his family enjoying a beach that New Jersey residents were prohibited from accessing because of government gridlock.
The backstory: Budget gridlock had lasted for months over a Democratic push to raise the personal income tax and disagreement over changes to the prevailing wage for state construction projects, among other issues.
After work coping methods for Downtowners Much like the staff of The Enquirer, many who work Downtown will continue to see gridlock during rush hour.
The United Nations faced political gridlock over regulating atomic energy.
In a Congress that has been defined by its gridlock, Clark has found bipartisan support with her co-sponsors, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.).
A quirky bit of history is responsible for that gridlock.
Traffic Lab is a Seattle Times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock, and helps readers find the best ways to get around.
Illinois, stuck in political gridlock, is just days from entering its new fiscal year without a balanced budget, in violation of its own constitution.
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First Known Use of gridlock
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Definition of gridlock for English Language Learners
: 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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