1 barrier across a road
army, military, police
set up

Police set up a roadblock on the road to the capital.

at a/the roadblock

They were stopped at a roadblock leaving the city.

through a/the roadblock

The truck drove through the roadblock at 100 mph.

2 (AmE) problem
big, major

Funding has been a major roadblock.


The proposed merger is already facing potential roadblocks.

encounter, hit

The company hit its first roadblock last year.

create, put up, throw up

This bill would create a roadblock for women.

up against a roadblock

No sooner had they celebrated their victory than they came up against a new roadblock.

roadblock in

I was hitting a roadblock in my personal work.

roadblock to

self-defeating beliefs and other roadblocks to happiness

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