road·block | \ ˈrōd-ˌbläk \

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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Other words from roadblock

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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California’s effort to revive strict net neutrality rules for the Internet hit a roadblock on Wednesday. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "California's Net Neutrality Plan Adds Exceptions Sought by the Telecom Industry," 20 June 2018 But the church's plans to build a community for Haitians hit a roadblock when civil defense officials said there was a flood risk and barred further construction. Nancy Moya, Fox News, "Tijuana's 'Little Haiti' stalled but migrants planting roots," 11 June 2018 In the first one, Sharif, a Somali refugee, is alleged to have rammed into a police officer who was at a police roadblock near a sports event. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Suspect in deadly Toronto van rampage to face court hearing; motive for attack remains unclear," 24 Apr. 2018 Already in the southbound lanes heading north, the truck, carrying four passengers, was about to hit a roadblock. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "'The doctor here calls me Lazarus': Meet Gustavo Raya, the man who survived a head-on car crash," 31 Mar. 2018 The group became a clearinghouse for all topics, ranging from police roadblocks to missing, or found, children. Carol Robinson,, "Where they at tho? Cop-watching Facebook community now 77,000 strong," 26 Mar. 2018 Chinese companies trying to list shares on China’s stock exchanges are hitting a roadblock, as regulators tighten approvals, rejecting applications in droves. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "Rejections Pile Up for Chinese Firms Seeking Listings at Home," 8 Mar. 2018 Officials are hitting roadblocks such as the price of the drug, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage that put a heftier financial burden on patients. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Cost of HIV prevention pill prevents adoption; senators ask PBMs to explain their role in drug pricing," 3 July 2018 Don’t kill my friend.’ *Illinois, other states hit roadblocks pursuing environmental claims against VW. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Ex-federal prosecutor to review Illinois House operations after harassment, bullying claims," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of roadblock

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of roadblock was in 1913

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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

: 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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