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[grid-lok] /ˈgrɪdˌlɒk/

the stoppage of free vehicular movement in an urban area because key intersections are blocked by traffic.
the blocking of an intersection by vehicular traffic entering the intersection but unable to pass through it.
any situation in which nothing can move or proceed in any direction:
a financial gridlock due to high interest rates.
obstruction of urban traffic caused by queues of vehicles forming across junctions and causing further queues to form in the intersecting streets
a point in a dispute at which no agreement can be reached; deadlock: political gridlock
(transitive) (of traffic) to block or obstruct (an area)

1980 (n.); 1987 (v.); from grid + lock. Related: Gridlocked; gridlocking.


A blockage; paralysis: Until the emotional and psychological gridlock over the Federal deficit is broken

[1980+; fr the traffic term designating a total blockage of traffic caused by cars stopping in intersections behind other stopped cars and blocking traffic on the intersecting street]


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