Definition of stoppage in English:



  • 1An instance of movement, activity, or supply stopping or being stopped.

    ‘a power stoppage’
    • ‘This situation has further worsened due to stoppage of power inflow from the eastern region due to floods.’
    • ‘With supermarkets in Britain operating on ‘just in time’ production stoppages are very powerful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He acknowledges the attempt to speed up the game with the free and line-ball from the hand, but feels it has been negated by stoppages for lectures and cards.’
    • ‘The stoppage meant he finished joint fifth with another England team-mate.’
    • ‘Each time there was a power failure, the water pumping system was disturbed while pipes burst and caused a stoppage in water supply to the township.’
    • ‘There seems to be a trend at the moment for referees to add two or three minutes at the end of matches no matter what number of stoppages there have been.’
    • ‘A stoppage led to the playing of added-on time, during which two opportunities for goals emerged.’
    • ‘The report by the Department of Transport's air accident investigation unit found that the engine stoppage was caused by failure of the crankshaft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was plenty of effort from both teams but overall this was a scrappy match and too many stoppages prevented either side from establishing any sort of pattern.’
    • ‘English Premeriship clubs have agreed to let referees decide on stoppages because of increasing play-acting.’
    • ‘A sudden stoppage [in production] could cause an explosion.’
    • ‘The pace and action was intense from the second the green flag fell, with a race stoppage due to several big crashes around the track.’
    • ‘Rain breaks, stoppages or spare time invariably involved a pack of cards and a cry of: ‘Anyone for bridge?’’
    • ‘The results of the angiogram disclosed blood stoppage at a point above the knee.’
    • ‘Increasingly the stop start nature of the match, created by the numerous stoppages for cramp, made extra time seem inevitable.’
    • ‘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.’
    discontinuation, discontinuance, stopping, halting, halt, cessation, termination, end, finish
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    1. 1.1A cessation of work by employees in protest at the terms set by their employers.
      • ‘Unions have threatened protests and stoppages in their pursuit of a 4% wage deal and guarantees from the company over future employment.’
      • ‘Despite criticism that commuters will face widespread public transport disruption during the marches, bus and rail workers are planning a complete stoppage.’
      • ‘Some teachers could go on strike, take rolling strike stoppages, and not have their pay deducted for non-performance in the classroom.’
      • ‘The stoppage was in protest against management plans to privatise airport services and was called by ground staff unions.’
      • ‘A national stoppage of public employees may begin on November 8 if the government continues to refuse the payment of a six-year bonus.’
      • ‘The stoppage was the fourth general strike held in Italy since April 2002, when unions held the first general strike for two decades.’
      • ‘During that time, the workers had been involved in a number of stoppages and protest actions.’
      • ‘Nine unions called the latest stoppage in a long-standing protest by workers against privatisation plans.’
      • ‘Tuesday's demonstration followed four days of smaller protests and work stoppages.’
      • ‘Talks aimed at preventing the stoppage broke down on Wednesday.’
      • ‘More than 2,000 employees joined the national stoppage.’
      • ‘The dispute over a new enterprise agreement went on for about 12 months and included a series of 24-hour protest stoppages.’
      • ‘To date the unions have restricted workers' opposition to protest stoppages and futile appeals to the state and national government.’
      • ‘The third of the seven stoppages will begin next weekend with a fourth to follow next month and three more between January and March.’
      • ‘The stoppage involved employees in transport, port shipments and the postal service.’
      • ‘The stoppage and protest shut down most of the plant's production lines.’
      • ‘The walkout followed a week of rolling stoppages involving 38,000 of the company's 50,000 employees.’
      • ‘While the university's general staff were not involved in the stoppages some joined picket lines.’
      • ‘On Monday a mass meeting of the workers voted for a 24-hour strike and a campaign of rolling strikes and stoppages.’
      • ‘A series of one-hour stoppages was called in protest at the airport's decision to cut 140 security jobs.’
      strike, walkout, shutdown, closure
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    2. 1.2Boxing A knockout.
      • ‘Up until the point of the stoppage, I was winning the fight.’
      • ‘Cooper lasted into the sixth this time, with a cut eye again forcing an early stoppage.’
      • ‘When Wilson got up he was greeted by a big uppercut followed by a right and the stoppage.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A blockage in a narrow passage, such as the barrel of a gun.

    ‘one machine-gun crew had a stoppage’
    blockage, obstruction, block
    obstruction, blocking
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  • 3British Deductions from one's wages by an employer for the payment of tax, National Insurance, and other costs.

    ‘£6.40 an hour before stoppages’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're on £300 a week before tax and stoppages, and that's for working an 11-day fortnight.’
    • ‘She is claiming sexual discrimination, constructive dismissal and unlawful stoppages from her wages.’
    • ‘The basic pay is £280 a week before tax and stoppages.’
    deduction, subtraction
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