Definition of stoppage in English:



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

    ‘the result of the air raid was complete stoppage of production’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The results of the angiogram disclosed blood stoppage at a point above the knee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Increasingly the stop start nature of the match, created by the numerous stoppages for cramp, made extra time seem inevitable.’
    • ‘English Premeriship clubs have agreed to let referees decide on stoppages because of increasing play-acting.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘A sudden stoppage [in production] could cause an explosion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With supermarkets in Britain operating on ‘just in time’ production stoppages are very powerful.’
    • ‘The stoppage meant he finished joint fifth with another England team-mate.’
    • ‘The report by the Department of Transport's air accident investigation unit found that the engine stoppage was caused by failure of the crankshaft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This situation has further worsened due to stoppage of power inflow from the eastern region due to floods.’
    • ‘A stoppage led to the playing of added-on time, during which two opportunities for goals emerged.’
    discontinuation, discontinuance, stopping, halting, halt, cessation, termination, end, finish
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    1. 1.1A blockage in a narrow passage, such as the barrel of a gun.
      blockage, obstruction, block
      obstruction, blocking
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    2. 1.2A cessation of work by employees protesting the terms set by their employers.
      • ‘The third of the seven stoppages will begin next weekend with a fourth to follow next month and three more between January and March.’
      • ‘To date the unions have restricted workers' opposition to protest stoppages and futile appeals to the state and national government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Talks aimed at preventing the stoppage broke down on Wednesday.’
      • ‘The walkout followed a week of rolling stoppages involving 38,000 of the company's 50,000 employees.’
      • ‘Unions have threatened protests and stoppages in their pursuit of a 4% wage deal and guarantees from the company over future employment.’
      • ‘The stoppage involved employees in transport, port shipments and the postal service.’
      • ‘The stoppage was the fourth general strike held in Italy since April 2002, when unions held the first general strike for two decades.’
      • ‘While the university's general staff were not involved in the stoppages some joined picket lines.’
      • ‘Nine unions called the latest stoppage in a long-standing protest by workers against privatisation plans.’
      • ‘More than 2,000 employees joined the national stoppage.’
      • ‘During that time, the workers had been involved in a number of stoppages and protest actions.’
      • ‘The stoppage and protest shut down most of the plant's production lines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tuesday's demonstration followed four days of smaller protests and work stoppages.’
      • ‘The dispute over a new enterprise agreement went on for about 12 months and included a series of 24-hour protest stoppages.’
      • ‘Some teachers could go on strike, take rolling strike stoppages, and not have their pay deducted for non-performance in the classroom.’
      • ‘Despite criticism that commuters will face widespread public transport disruption during the marches, bus and rail workers are planning a complete stoppage.’
      strike, walkout, shutdown, closure
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    3. 1.3Boxing A knockout.
      • ‘When Wilson got up he was greeted by a big uppercut followed by a right and the stoppage.’
      • ‘His record of 28 knockouts includes stoppages of many experienced boxers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cooper lasted into the sixth this time, with a cut eye again forcing an early stoppage.’
      • ‘Up until the point of the stoppage, I was winning the fight.’