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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Wood’s patent might not have been a roadblock for Radical Transport, according to EJ Williams, the former vice president of engineering. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mark Cuban’s hoverboard company has gone up in smoke," 26 Sep. 2018 The seismic activity Sunday would not be a roadblock to petroleum development, West said. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska’s North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes," 14 Aug. 2018 One roadblock for the flying train is a security screening process that wouldn't require the TSA to set up shop at your local train station. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "This Flying Train Is as Wild As It Sounds," 13 July 2018 Yet when Goldman bankers pursued deals involving Mr. Low, compliance officials offered mild protests, but not roadblocks. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs Ignored 1MDB Warning Signs in Pursuit of Asian Business," 17 Dec. 2018 Greg David identifies a potential roadblock to Amazon’s quest to build Regional Office 1 in New York: Blocking Amazon’s arrival won’t be easy. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Democrats have a two-step path to winning the Senate and providing a substantial roadblock for the last two years of Trump’s first term. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Senate after John McCain," 26 Aug. 2018 Two days later, a motorcyclist was killed in an accident near a gilets jaunes roadblock. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France’s Macron, Astride the Globe, Overlooked Swelling Anger at Home," 7 Dec. 2018 While Ellis and her designer avoided major roadblocks during there weren’t any major challenges throughout the renovation, wall removal did cause some slight molding damage that needed to be fixed by a craftsperson. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "“Every morning, I wake up and notice something new about it”," 3 Dec. 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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