gridlock gridlock  /ˈɡrɪd ˌlɑk/


  • (n) a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible


  1. Despite the overwhelming Republican victory, only 15 percent of those polled expect less governmental gridlock.
  2. With a potential Democratic victory in Washington State, the likelihood of gridlock and bickering looms large.
  3. Saturday mail service to 15,000 Billings residents was canceled in anticipation of the drive's arrival, which produced something unknown in days of yore -- gridlock.


  1. High Disapproval Rating For Congress Reflects Frustration With Gridlock

    A significant majority of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, according to the results of a Gallup poll released on Wednesday, with many citing ongoing partisan gridlock. The poll found that 78 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress' job performance, while just 17 percent approve.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: RTT News

  2. Gridlock Is Top Reason Americans Are Critical of Congress

    Most of the nearly eight in 10 Americans who disapprove of Congress cite inaction, including partisan gridlock. Congress' job approval rating is stuck below 20%.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Gallup

  3. Traffic gridlock near airport after Southwest flight diverted due to bomb threat

    PHOENIX -- Anyone driving near Sky Harbor International Airport Monday got a firsthand look at the traffic gridlock in the area. Earlier, Southwest Airlines Flight #2675 from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, was diverted to Phoenix after a possible bomb threat was phoned in. The plane landed safely at approximately 3:40 p.m. All 143 passengers on board safely deplaned via airstairs. Once on the ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: KTVK 3TV Phoenix

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  1. "I don't think [the American people] want more gridlock, I don't think they want more partisanship, I don't think they want more obstruction," Obama said. "They didn't send us to Washington to to fight each other in some sort of political...
    on Jan 29, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: The Hill (blog)

  2. "The real effect of this is going to restore some confidence, and get some credit out there, and get the economic system moving again, which is basically in gridlock today," McCain said.
    on Sep 28, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. "Our highways are jammed. People go to work in gridlock," Feinstein said in arguing for the proposal.
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Dianne Feinstein Source: International Herald Tribune

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