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

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
Recent Examples on the Web While the director of the Texas Right to Life told KHN this was a misreading of the law, the confusion nonetheless was apparently enough to provide a roadblock to potentially life-saving care. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 The opposing motions filed by Hearnsberger and Sabharwal shed new light on both incidents, the first of which occurred around 11:10 p.m. on Sept. 14 when Witthoeft drove up to an SDG&E roadblock near Ocean Beach and Point Loma. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 Contestants on Bachelor in Paradise's upcoming seventh season will face an unexpected roadblock during their summer of love. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Those roadblocks have increased focus on Senate filibuster rules, which, if left in place, would seem to provide an insurmountable roadblock, requiring 60 votes in the evenly split, 100-member chamber to even bring up controversial legislation. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 July 2021 Those roadblocks have increased focus on Senate filibuster rules, which, if left in place, would seem to provide an insurmountable roadblock, requiring 60 votes in the evenly split, 100-member chamber to even bring up controversial legislation. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Those roadblocks have increased focus on the Senate filibuster, which, if left in place, would seem to provide an insurmountable roadblock to the pair of voting rights overhaul measures pending in Congress. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, 13 July 2021 Those roadblocks have increased focus on Senate filibuster rules, which, if left in place, would seem to provide an insurmountable roadblock, requiring 60 votes in the evenly split, 100-member chamber to even bring up controversial legislation. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2021 The Big Three have formed an unprecedented roadblock to the younger set, disrupting the normal cycle of men’s tennis. New York Times, 11 June 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Roadblock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roadblock. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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