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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Officers then set up the roadblock about a mile (2 kilometers) outside the city of Esquipulas, where the migrants had planned to spend the night. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 The idea, essentially, is to avoid looking at it as a roadblock, and instead focus on my relationship with anxiety. Deanna Debara, Glamour, "Anxiety Can Be a Good Thing—Here’s How I Make Mine Work for Me," 6 Dec. 2018 The Isaacs describe the daily stress of life in the West Bank — the roadblocks, checkpoints, difficulties traveling and an overall feeling of being trapped. NBC News, "Holy Land Christians feel abandoned by U.S. evangelicals," 5 May 2018 Despite some roadblocks, medical marijuana patients in Philadelphia will soon have four new dispensaries within city limits and on Wednesday, the location of Center City’s first one was announced. Ray Boyd,, "Philadelphia march honors LGBT people of color, medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Philly, Eagles set for NFL Draft | Morning Newsletter," 26 Apr. 2018 Murkey agreed that while the county has seen significant progress, the Civil Rights Movement seemed to hit a roadblock, one that locally seemed tied to economic changes with the death of industry on the lakefront and the move toward service jobs. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "'A constant struggle': Lake County leaders see progress since Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, but a long way to go," 3 Apr. 2018 Yet, despite such curatorial roadblocks, a convincing thesis emerges. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Must-see Bay Area photography exhibitions in March," 8 Mar. 2018 But after the shopping mission encountered roadblocks, the club instead re-tooled the surrounding positions, with coach Peter Vermes insisting his team was not short on offense. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "After re-tooling its offense, Sporting KC shut out in 2018 season opener | The Kansas City Star," 4 Mar. 2018 Losing James as a conference roadblock can only help their momentum. K.c. Johnson,, "LeBron James jumps to the Lakers, throwing the Eastern Conference wide open," 1 July 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
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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