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"bottleneck" in British English

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bottlenecknoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɒt.əl.nek/ us   /ˈbɑː.t̬əl.nek/
a place where a road becomes narrow, or a place where there is often a lot of traffic, causing the traffic to slow down or stop: The construction work is causing bottlenecks in the city centre.
a problem that delays progress: Is there any way of getting around this bureaucratic bottleneck?
(Definition of bottleneck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bottleneck" in American English

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bottlenecknoun [C]

us   /ˈbɑt̬·əlˌnek/
a section of road where traffic moves slowly: Traffic is causing a bottleneck on I-75.
A bottleneck is also any delay: Bureaucratic bottlenecks delayed the project’s start.
(Definition of bottleneck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bottleneck" in Business English

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bottlenecknoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɒtlnek/ us  
a problem that delays a process or stops it from continuing: a legislative/funding bottleneck Barring a legislative bottleneck, the new law is expected to pass by the end of the year.eliminate/avoid a bottleneck He urged the department to identify and eliminate bottlenecks. a major/huge bottleneck
(Definition of bottleneck from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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