Definition of roadblock in English:

roadblock

noun

  • 1A barrier or barricade on a road, especially one set up by the authorities to stop and examine traffic.

    ‘police roadblocks’
    • ‘Mining villages are ringed with officers, police roadblocks established, non-police movements restricted.’
    • ‘The mixture of fear and exhilaration he feels when passing through a police roadblock isn't logical, but it is completely understandable.’
    • ‘Attempts to depart are met with roadblocks and gangs of confrontational junk cars.’
    • ‘There is a roadblock somewhere further ahead and the convoy stalls for the night.’
    • ‘That meant having to hide the cameras to capture footage of the police and military roadblocks that are a common sight across Mexico.’
    • ‘Setting himself up as a roadblock, Don Quijote demands that they identify and explain themselves.’
    • ‘The next day they called a general strike, and roadblocks appeared everywhere.’
    • ‘They explained to the cabbie, who at one point talked us through a roadblock, that I was looking for an American and the American wasn't at home.’
    • ‘From a hilltop in a silent residential quarter, the vigil filed down to the junction where the main road reopens - but only as far as the roadblock five hundred yards away.’
    • ‘Policeman can lose sight of you as you drive through their roadblock, and criminals on foot don't actually come looking for you as a rule.’
    • ‘Our car slows down for traffic, and Daddy says, ‘It's a roadblock, see the cops way up there?’’
    • ‘The traditional teachers in the school lash out at her modern ways, gangs roam the streets, and roadblocks prevent travel outside of the area.’
    • ‘Later, after Hass exposed the situation in an article for the paper, the army returns the roadblock to its original location.’
    barrier, obstacle, blockade, bar, fence, obstruction, bulwark, stockade, rampart, palisade, hurdle, protection, defence
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    1. 1.1US A hindrance or obstruction.
      ‘the biggest roadblock to solar power is its price tag’
      ‘the tax has become a roadblock against investment incentives’
      • ‘A few years ago, I was hitting a roadblock in my personal work.’
      • ‘Not every writer has mastered the craft well enough to navigate around the roadblocks, and that's the reason why god created editors.’
      • ‘In fact, his lyricism is at once his greatest strength and greatest roadblock to growth.’
      • ‘It is after this strong three song opening salvo that the album should run into a roadblock.’
      • ‘Rather, he cautions young musicians to beware of the dangers of political roadblocks in building a career.’
      • ‘The mentorship, she believes, will help the younger generation address the physical, attitudinal, and practical roadblocks between them and architectural careers.’
      • ‘Stone ran into considerable roadblocks when making the film.’
      • ‘At any rate, regardless of the roadblocks a company faces in bringing innovative new products to market, exciting times are surely ahead, so stay tuned.’
      • ‘We're trying to tell them it's the same principle as sending out soil samples to analyze, but we are still running into roadblocks.’
      • ‘For months she struggled with computers and photography - ‘technological addictions’ she calls them - physical demons and creative roadblocks in order to find her film's voice.’
      • ‘Can't the world conspire to ambush you, putting up dead ends and roadblocks where once there were wide-open personal spaces?’
      • ‘It puts up a roadblock to the ultimate solution.’
      • ‘The Guide explains the most common roadblocks to such institutional use of local food and how to get around them.’
      • ‘Greece's attempts to get the British government to return the Elgin Marbles have met another roadblock, this time from within.’
      • ‘Of course, there's one big roadblock with this release: It's saddled with a remixing/remastering treatment that sands down some of the original's edges.’
      • ‘The sound, while dated, presents no significant roadblocks to the enjoyment of the music.’
      • ‘Rather than enhancements, these are roadblocks to communication and empathy.’
      • ‘Technological advances aren't the only challenges facing those in transportation: Rising gas and oil prices put up a formidable roadblock, too.’
      • ‘In light of these video issues, the burnt-in subtitles may seem minor, but it was another roadblock to enjoyment of the film.’
      • ‘At the same time, Du Bois's and Washington's own notions of elitism within ‘the race’ suggest a less obvious yet equally formidable roadblock.’

Pronunciation

roadblock

/ˈrəʊdblɒk/