Definition of snarl-up in US English:



  • 1A traffic jam.

    • ‘Ward councillor Paul Smith said: ‘It is a totally unsuitable development in the wrong place the potential for it to greatly increase traffic will cause snarl-ups in Ipswich Road.’’
    • ‘Transport consultants Faber Maunsell were commissioned to tackle Bedford's notorious traffic snarl-ups as part of the borough council's plans to redevelop the town centre.’
    • ‘The move is an attempt to minimise congestion in the run-up to Christmas and comes in response to the massive traffic snarl-ups in the city caused by the roadworks on the A64 at Top Lane junction, Copmanthorpe.’
    • ‘But sitting on a coach for five or six hours, through motorway snarl-ups and London traffic congestion, would hardly have been the best preparation for a crucial First Division game.’
    • ‘They are so impressed by the new approach to reducing traffic snarl-ups called personalised journey planning which has had spectacular success in Perth, Western Australia, that they have decided the time is right to try it in York.’
    traffic jam, jam, tailback, line, stream, gridlock
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    1. 1.1 A muddle or mistake.
      ‘there's a snarl-up in editing’
      • ‘Bureaucratic snarl-ups slowed crucial supplies of food and water.’
      muddle, mess, tangle, jumble, entanglement, imbroglio
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