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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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 But the streaming giant's July 2018 hiring of veteran awards consultant Lisa Taback as vp talent relations and awards, reporting directly to Ted Sarandos, presented a roadblock for Peeples' potential advancement at the company, insiders say. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weinstein Alum Spencer Peeples Jumps From Netflix to Hulu to Lead Awards Efforts," 23 Oct. 2019 Szaky, who recognizes that the deposit could be a roadblock for some, aims to make Loop as convenient as possible. CNN, "The world's biggest brands have a garbage problem. This man can help," 10 Oct. 2019 The new tiny-home law is meant to clear away legal roadblocks for the villages. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver opens the door for tiny homes. Will mobile homes be next?," 7 Oct. 2019 But a showdown with LSU be a roadblock for the Tide. Matt Murschel,, "Top 12 contenders for College Football Playoff semifinal bids," 7 Oct. 2019 In other words, these age restrictions would be roadblocks for contestants like Susan Boyle (who appeared on Champions), Bianca Ryan, Michael Ketterer, Jackie Evancho, Angelica Hale, and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Actual Reason 'AGT' Has So Many Singers on the Show," 11 June 2019 United's approach, Dorsey said, is tackling a couple of the roadblocks that might stand between very young consumers and their travels. Hannah Sampson,, "United Airlines targets Gen Z, offers 10% off for passengers ages 18-22," 10 Sep. 2019 She was found guilty of lying about her role as a commander of a roadblock where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter., "New England news in brief," 1 Aug. 2019 Two of his greatest roadblocks to the Democratic nomination -- U.S. Sens. Fox News, "Biden under attack from all sides at Wednesday's debate; Mystery surrounds death of bin Laden's son," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of roadblock

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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14 Nov 2019

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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
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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