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gridlock

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɪdlɒk
 
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Definition of gridlock in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] A situation of very severe traffic congestion: the city reaches gridlock during peak hours
More example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

1980s (originally US): from grid (in sense 2) + lock1.

Derivatives

gridlocked

1
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with gridlock

breeze blockziplock

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