road·​block | \ ˈrōd-ˌbläk How to pronounce roadblock (audio) \

Definition of roadblock

1a : a barricade often with traps or mines for holding up an enemy at a point on a road covered by fire
b : a road barricade set up especially by law enforcement officers
2 : an obstruction in a road
3 : something that blocks progress or prevents accomplishment of an objective

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roadblock transitive verb

Examples of roadblock in a Sentence

That's the one roadblock to the plan. roadblocks on the path to success

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But despite these many projects, there are more roadblocks than just logging on. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, "The Web, Worldwide," 19 Oct. 2018 All these circumstances were major roadblocks for consumers wishing to purchase a movie from Microsoft. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's decision to rejoin Movies Anywhere is a single step toward regaining consumer trust," 7 Aug. 2018 There are a few roadblocks standing in the way of a potential deal, starting with Beltré's right to veto any deal and alternatives like Manny Machado and Mike Moustakas on the market. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Add in the Democrats, who stood unified against the policy — and largely unified against money for building Trump’s wall — and there could be serious roadblocks. Time, "President Trump Is Making It Harder for Congress to Stop Family Separations," 19 June 2018 There are certainly potential roadblocks to that rosy outcome. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Want to halt global warming and raise living standards? Get efficient," 5 June 2018 For a player with decent but not exceptional power, the severity of that flaw — over six seasons in the minor leagues, his strikeout rate is an astronomical 35.2 percent — continues to be a massive roadblock to any major-league aspirations. Ben Pope,, "Phillies prospect Jan Hernandez hopes all-star selection puts him 'on the map'," 11 July 2018 Advertisement X June 27: Clippers and Mavericks exploring a trade to finally send DeAndre Jordan to Dallas, but there's a specific roadblock in the way, per Marc Stein of The New York Times. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Mavericks free agency rumors: Are DeAndre Jordan or DeMarcus Cousins coming to Dallas?," 29 June 2018 Among the many problems Erdogan faces is one fundamental roadblock: His foreign policy is fighting with his economic needs. New York Times,, "After winning new powers, Erdogan must now deliver," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of roadblock

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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English Language Learners Definition of roadblock

: a place where police or military officers stop drivers especially in order to examine vehicles
US : something that stops progress



Legal Definition of roadblock

: a road barricade set up by law enforcement officers especially for the purpose of detecting criminal activity

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