Definition of stoppage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɒpɪdʒ/


1An instance of movement, activity, or supply stopping or being stopped: a power stoppage
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  • Residents of Viewmount and Powerscourt have experienced stoppages of their water supply during the last week, from late night until around seven the next morning.
  • Besides production, the fertilizer companies also use natural gas for fuel, and because of the stoppage in their supplies they were unable to deliver their remaining fertilizer stock to market.
  • Some 46 prohibition notices were served, which required the immediate stoppage of particular work activities or prohibiting the use of machinery until it was made safe.
1.1A cessation of work by employees in protest at the terms set by their employers.
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  • Some teachers could go on strike, take rolling strike stoppages, and not have their pay deducted for non-performance in the classroom.
  • On Monday a mass meeting of the workers voted for a 24-hour strike and a campaign of rolling strikes and stoppages.
  • To date the unions have restricted workers' opposition to protest stoppages and futile appeals to the state and national government.
1.2 Boxing A knockout.
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  • Harrison, who had refused to predict a knockout or stoppage during the pre-fight hype, admitted he was unconcerned about how he retained his title.
  • His record of 28 knockouts includes stoppages of many experienced boxers.
  • When Wilson got up he was greeted by a big uppercut followed by a right and the stoppage.
2A blockage in a narrow passage, such as the barrel of a gun: one machine-gun crew had a stoppage
obstruction, blocking
technical occlusion, arrest, stasis, suppression
blockage, obstruction, block;
3 (stoppages) British Deductions from one’s wages by an employer for the payment of tax, National Insurance, and other costs: £6.40 an hour before stoppages
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  • She is claiming sexual discrimination, constructive dismissal and unlawful stoppages from her wages.
  • The gist of his letter is that one only gets what one pays for, and that perhaps it is time that we saw contributions such as rates as contributions rather than stoppages.
  • The basic pay is £280 a week before tax and stoppages.

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