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snarl-up Line breaks: snarl-up
Pronunciation: /ˈsnɑːlʌp/

Definition of snarl-up in English:


British informal
1A traffic jam: a six-lane snarl-up
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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.
traffic jam, jam, tailback, line, stream, gridlock
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.
muddle, mess, tangle, jumble, entanglement, imbroglio;
misunderstanding, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misapprehension, misconception, the wrong idea, false impression, confusion;
mistake, error, mix-up, bungle;
West Indian  comess
North American informal snafu
vulgar slang fuck-up
British vulgar slang balls-up
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