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
Recent Examples on the Web Fisher, the solicitor general, said in July that a decision by the Supreme Court in favor of the state would remove one roadblock toward resuming executions in Indiana. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana’s darkest secret to be revealed: What drugs are in Death Row execution cocktail?," 2 Mar. 2021 That provision would create a roadblock in the spread of gig-worker status at companies such as Uber. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden throws a bombshell at Amazon’s anti-union campaign," 1 Mar. 2021 But Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough put up a major roadblock with her ruling on Thursday night. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Gone but not forgotten: Minimum wage raise still creates problems for White House," 27 Feb. 2021 For other Republican 2024 hopefuls looking to make their mark at this weekend’s conference, Trump’s appearance presents a roadblock. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, "Vegas says Trump likely to declare 2024 election bid in Sunday’s CPAC speech," 26 Feb. 2021 One predictable roadblock, Nelson said, is Minnesota's COVID-19 outdoor recreation restrictions. Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune, "Future times in Minnesota's outdoors: Taking stock and looking ahead," 26 Feb. 2021 But already, a lack of federal coordination in distributing doses has emerged as a troubling roadblock. New York Times, "One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure," 17 Jan. 2021 LeBron James remained a difficult roadblock in Cleveland in 2017 and 2018. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Celtics’ success hinges on Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart easing burden on Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown," 31 Jan. 2021 Even under Biden, one significant roadblock re-mains: the fact that business as usual is highly profitable for the Big Tech companies. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Big Tech's Business Model Is a Threat to Democracy. Here's How to Build a Fairer Digital Future," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Roadblock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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