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’
    • ‘Our car slows down for traffic, and Daddy says, ‘It's a roadblock, see the cops way up there?’’
    • ‘There is a roadblock somewhere further ahead and the convoy stalls for the night.’
    • ‘Mining villages are ringed with officers, police roadblocks established, non-police movements restricted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mixture of fear and exhilaration he feels when passing through a police roadblock isn't logical, but it is completely understandable.’
    • ‘The next day they called a general strike, and roadblocks appeared everywhere.’
    • ‘Later, after Hass exposed the situation in an article for the paper, the army returns the roadblock to its original location.’
    • ‘Attempts to depart are met with roadblocks and gangs of confrontational junk cars.’
    • ‘The traditional teachers in the school lash out at her modern ways, gangs roam the streets, and roadblocks prevent travel outside of the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    barrier, obstacle, blockade, bar, fence, obstruction, roadblock, 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’
      • ‘It puts up a roadblock to the ultimate solution.’
      • ‘Stone ran into considerable roadblocks when making the film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sound, while dated, presents no significant roadblocks to the enjoyment of the music.’
      • ‘Greece's attempts to get the British government to return the Elgin Marbles have met another roadblock, this time from within.’
      • ‘Can't the world conspire to ambush you, putting up dead ends and roadblocks where once there were wide-open personal spaces?’
      • ‘Not every writer has mastered the craft well enough to navigate around the roadblocks, and that's the reason why god created editors.’
      • ‘The mentorship, she believes, will help the younger generation address the physical, attitudinal, and practical roadblocks between them and architectural careers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In light of these video issues, the burnt-in subtitles may seem minor, but it was another roadblock to enjoyment of the film.’
      • ‘A few years ago, I was hitting a roadblock in my personal work.’
      • ‘Rather, he cautions young musicians to beware of the dangers of political roadblocks in building a career.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Guide explains the most common roadblocks to such institutional use of local food and how to get around them.’
      • ‘In fact, his lyricism is at once his greatest strength and greatest roadblock to growth.’
      • ‘Technological advances aren't the only challenges facing those in transportation: Rising gas and oil prices put up a formidable roadblock, too.’
      • ‘Rather than enhancements, these are roadblocks to communication and empathy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is after this strong three song opening salvo that the album should run into a roadblock.’

Pronunciation:

roadblock

/ˈrəʊdblɒk/