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road +‎ block


roadblock (plural roadblocks)

  1. Something that blocks or obstructs a road.
  2. (figurative) An obstacle or impediment.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hindrance
    to hit roadblocks
    • 2015 September 16, Andy Marra, “Many trans people still are denied healthcare because of their identity”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Transgender people face roadblocks in accessing healthcare, and it’s not going away even after archaic rules denying healthcare access to transgender people are lifted and more of us become insured.
    • 2023 March 15, Brian X. Chen, Nico Grant, Karen Weise, “How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      Over the past decade, the products hit roadblocks. Siri ran into technological hurdles, including clunky code that took weeks to update with basic features, said John Burkey, a former Apple engineer who worked on the assistant.



roadblock (third-person singular simple present roadblocks, present participle roadblocking, simple past and past participle roadblocked)

  1. (colloquial, transitive) To prevent, hinder.