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blockade

noun [C] uk   /blɒkˈeɪd/ us    /blɑːˈkeɪd/
the situation in which a country or place is surrounded by soldiers or ships to stop people or goods from going in or out: an air and sea blockade The Soviet blockade of Berlin was lifted in May 1949. There is still some hope that the economic blockade will work and make military intervention unnecessary.
blockade
verb [T] uk   us  
The Estonian port of Tallinn was blockaded for a time by Soviet warships.
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