roadblock

noun
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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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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When France pointed the finger at Nissan as a roadblock, FCA lost patience. The Economist, "A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault is no more," 6 June 2019 Sudanese men and a child headed to a mosque navigate a roadblock set by protesters on a main street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to stop military vehicles from driving through the area on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Washington Post, "The Latest: Sudanese generals say they want to resume talks," 6 June 2019 Sudanese men and a child headed to a mosque navigate a roadblock set by protesters on a main street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to stop military vehicles from driving through the area on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Fox News, "The Latest: Sudanese generals say they want to resume talks," 5 June 2019 For my character Fantine, [there is] this idea of seeking love and wanting to fight for love even when all these roadblocks are thrown at her, this constant determination and courageousness that comes with love. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ahead of the Les Misérables Finale, Lily Collins and David Oyelowo Reflect on the Series," 18 May 2019 That might raise legal roadblocks to Medicare for All or other efforts to broaden health-care access even if Democrats rode a wave of discontent — and sloughed off industry lobbying — to claim the House, Senate (unlikely) and White House. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s gambit to kill Obamacare risks lives and opportunity," 29 Mar. 2019 The founding of Israel in 1948 soon put up roadblocks elsewhere. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Bernard Lewis, eminent historian of the Middle East, dies at 101," 19 May 2018 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

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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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roadblock

noun

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

roadblock

noun
road·​block

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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