noun Date: 1980 1. a traffic jam in which a grid of intersecting streets is so completely congested that no vehicular movement is possible 2. a situation resembling gridlock (as in congestion or lack of movement) <
political gridlock
gridlock transitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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