Definition of snarl-up in English:


Syllabification: snarl-up


  • 1A traffic jam.
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    • Ward councillor Paul Smith said: ‘It is a totally unsuitable development in the wrong place the potential for it to greatly increase traffic will cause snarl-ups in Ipswich Road.’
    • They are so impressed by the new approach to reducing traffic snarl-ups called personalised journey planning which has had spectacular success in Perth, Western Australia, that they have decided the time is right to try it in York.
    • The move is an attempt to minimise congestion in the run-up to Christmas and comes in response to the massive traffic snarl-ups in the city caused by the roadworks on the A64 at Top Lane junction, Copmanthorpe.
  • 1.1A muddle or mistake: there’s a snarl-up in editing
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    • Bureaucratic snarl-ups slowed crucial supplies of food and water.

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