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1mass noun A situation of very severe traffic congestion.‘the city reaches gridlock during peak hours’
congestion, traffic jam, jam, tailback, hold-up, bottleneck, queue, stoppage, obstructionView synonyms
- ‘People feared the development would cause traffic gridlock and claimed noisy fans would make their lives a misery.’
- ‘A meeting was convened to discuss possible ways to prevent total gridlock.’
- ‘A virtual gridlock exists around this area between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm.’
- ‘There was gridlock on some roads when 200,000 people converged on RAF Fairford for last summer's two-day event.’
- ‘York's traffic was plunged into rush-hour gridlock again as half-term holidaymakers joined commuters on the congested roads.’
- ‘In Edinburgh, six-mile tailbacks of commuter traffic brought gridlock to much of the city for more than three hours.’
- ‘A number of ideas are being looked at by Colchester Council to bring an end to rush-hour gridlock.’
- ‘The predictable result was gridlock on the highways.’
- ‘London's new congestion charging experiment - designed to ease traffic gridlock in the capital - went live this morning.’
- ‘The A1237 fails in that too many roads feed into it causing gridlock at peak times.’
- ‘How else can we deal with the looming threat of climate change and gridlock on the roads?’
- ‘And that flood of goods is threatening to create gridlock on the roads and rails of Southern California.’
- ‘One open-air concert starring Robbie Williams attracted 370,000 people and caused gridlock for miles.’
- ‘Nobody will thank the planners if they face daily gridlock getting to and from their homes.’
- ‘Diversions left early morning motorists facing huge tailbacks and the gridlock is expected to continue tonight.’
- ‘Mr Weston said: ‘It was total gridlock and we're determined it won't happen again.’’
- ‘Traffic lights lost power, causing gridlock all across the city.’
- ‘The best way to ease gridlock is to voluntarily switch to other forms of travel, where possible.’
- ‘The aim is to rid the town of heavy through traffic which is creating gridlock.’
- ‘If we want to keep motorists sane and avoid total the gridlock of Saturday last, now is the time to start planning.’
2another 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.’
- ‘Less than four years into the life of the parliament we seem to be facing the prospect of legislative gridlock.’
- ‘And still the returns prophesied continued political gridlock in an evenly divided nation.’
- ‘But he is up to his neck in it right now, and potentially faces years of policy gridlock in city hall.’
- ‘The move to inject liquidity started in Asia as the Bank of Japan reacted early to head off fears of a global gridlock.’
- ‘For the past few decades regional resource and environmental policy and management have been in and out of decision gridlocks in many regions of North America, Europe, and Australia.’
- ‘President Bashar Al-Assad ended the gridlock by attending Arafat's funeral in November 2004.’
- ‘Months of political gridlock have taken the shine off of Chen's victory.’
- ‘Wall Street likes legislative gridlock because politicians cannot apply their financial ideas.’
- ‘But Fontaine was also slowed by the gridlock created by internal Liberal Party machinations.’
- ‘That could lead to months of gridlock and policy drift, say some analysts.’
1980s (originally US): from grid (in gridlock (sense 2)) + lock.
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