1A traffic jam affecting a whole network of intersecting streets.
- In Edinburgh, six-mile tailbacks of commuter traffic brought gridlock to much of the city for more than three hours.
- People feared the development would cause traffic gridlock and claimed noisy fans would make their lives a misery.
- London's new congestion charging experiment - designed to ease traffic gridlock in the capital - went live this morning.
2 another term for deadlock (sense 1 of the noun).
- Proponents say a parliamentary system would end the gridlock between the executive and legislature that dogs Philippine politics.
- President Bashar Al-Assad ended the gridlock by attending Arafat's funeral in November 2004.
- The move to inject liquidity started in Asia as the Bank of Japan reacted early to head off fears of a global gridlock.
- Example sentences
- A transport survey shows peak-time congestion is worsening and has left drivers gridlocked for 21 per cent of their journey.
- It couldn't have come at a worse time for the city's traders, who are gearing up for Christmas, but York's gridlocked roads are having an impact far beyond the city itself.
- But we had to sell the business - and one of our main reasons was the difficulty in getting deliveries to our customers in heavy and often gridlocked traffic.
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