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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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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Over the last couple of months, participants interviewed the women who inspire them and put together videos highlighting their advice on how to achieve success and overcome any roadblocks to reaching your goals. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, ""Mary Poppins" Star Emily Blunt Gets Real About Overcoming Obstacles In Inspiring Video Series," 16 Oct. 2018 The primary roadblock to cannabis funds is wariness in some parts of the ETF industry that issuers rely on, Mr. Meadows says, including the banks that hold an ETF’s assets and the firms that execute ETF trades. Tanzeel Akhtar, WSJ, "A Marijuana ETF Is in the Right Spot," 7 Oct. 2018 Still, McGraw and Taylor believe the roadblocks are temporary, expecting the markets will adjust once the pipelines are built. Madeleine Rivera, Fox News, "West Texas oil boom hampered by infrastructure woes," 12 Sep. 2018 But even with her big breakthrough within reach, lingering cultural roadblocks remained. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Meet Dipti Sharma, the India-Born Model Making Waves," 12 Sep. 2018 That’s the other thread of Drescher’s life: taking her roadblocks and turning them into rallying cries. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 At this stage of her career, another unexpected injury or roadblock is hardly out of the question, but her path looked so very smooth on Manic Monday. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "As Serena Williams Rolls, It’s Tempting to Think About No. 24," 9 July 2018 The nonprofit My Life Speaks said the mission teams from Woodland Community Church in Bradenton, Fla., and the Glade Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., have stayed in Haiti, unable to get to the airport due to protests and roadblocks. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Haiti protests leave US church youth groups stranded in Caribbean nation as violence, roadblocks continue," 7 July 2018 Paris's local government has been putting roadblocks up for Airbnb for the last year, requiring all homes to be registered with the city and limiting hosts to only 120 days of Airbnb rentals. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Is Fighting Paris's Strict Laws with Century 21 Partnership," 27 June 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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