grid·​locked ˈgrid-ˌläkt How to pronounce gridlocked (audio)
: affected by gridlock : brought to a state in which movement or progress is stopped completely
gridlocked streets
a gridlocked legislature
The Phoenix of 1996 has terrible air, gridlocked traffic, and spreads out in so many directions that it seems to lack any sense of order.Timothy Egan
… the notion of an incompetent, gridlocked government is still embedded in the national consciousness.Andrew Sullivan

Examples of gridlocked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The business owner added that as the day winds down, streets can become gridlocked with johns in cars looking to hire a prostitute. Emma Colton, Fox News, 9 Feb. 2024 Live traffic cameras also showed a large emergency vehicle response blocking all eastbound travel lanes near the crash site and a string of gridlocked traffic leading up to the shut-down stretch of I-40 East. Joe Sutton, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 That 1870 law was repealed long ago, and there’s almost no chance the current, gridlocked Congress would pass implementing legislation now. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 The strike on three campuses began Monday after nearly a year of gridlocked contract negotiations. Jay Croft, CNN, 15 Apr. 2023 Thatcherism arose in response to the Winter of Discontent in 1978–79, when the Labour Party could not govern a gridlocked society or tame unreasonable unions. Phil Tinline, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 The company aims to build a network of high-speed tunnels near some of America’s most gridlocked cities. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 There’s little evidence that America’s gridlocked political system is capable of such a straightforward debate. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Because a broader data privacy bill remains gridlocked to death on Capitol Hill, Congress now has these offshoot measures aimed specifically at children, according to Cantwell. Matt Laslo, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gridlocked was in 1980

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“Gridlocked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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