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1       n-uncount   Gridlock is the situation that exists when all the roads in a particular place are so full of vehicles that none of them can move.  
The streets are wedged solid with near-constant traffic gridlock.     
2       n-uncount   You can use gridlock to refer to a situation in an argument or dispute when neither side is prepared to give in, so no agreement can be reached.   (=deadlock)  
He agreed that these policies will lead to gridlock in the future.     
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grid, griddle, gridiron, grill

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