gridlocked

adjective
grid·​locked | \ ˈgrid-ˌläkt How to pronounce gridlocked (audio) \

Definition of gridlocked

: 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

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Gridlocked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gridlocked. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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