roadblock


roadblock

noun

  1. an obstruction placed across a road, especially of barricades or police cars, for halting or hindering traffic, as to facilitate the capture of a pursued car or inspection for safety violations.
  2. an obstruction on a road, as a fallen tree or a pile of fallen rocks.
  3. a hastily built barricade, as of barbed wire, erected across a road to hold up the advance of an enemy.
  4. an action, condition, etc., that obstructs progress toward an objective: Nationalism is a roadblock to European unity.

verb (used with object)

  1. to halt or obstruct with or as if with a roadblock.

noun

  1. a barrier set up across a road by the police or military, in order to stop a fugitive, inspect traffic, etc
  2. a difficulty or obstacle to progress
n.

1940, from road + block (n.).

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