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English definition of “gridlock”

gridlock

noun [U]     /ˈɡrɪd.lɒk/ US  /-lɑːk/
a situation where roads in a town become so blocked by cars that it is impossible for any traffic to move : A car breaking down at rush hour could cause gridlock across half the city .Traffic jams a situation in which no progress can be madeDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of gridlock noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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