stuck in traffic

stuck in traffic

Of a driver or passenger, moving very slowly or not at all due to heavy road traffic. A: "Hey, are you nearly home?" B: "No, I'm stuck in traffic, so it's going to be another 45 minutes at least before I'm back." I have to leave the house at nearly 6 AM to avoid getting stuck in traffic on the way to work.
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stuck in traffic

to be caught in a traffic jam. I am sorry I am late. I was stuck in traffic. Our taxi was stuck in traffic and I thought I would never get to the airport on time.
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The blockades and sit-ins caused a lot of nuisance for the public as a large number of people remained stuck in traffic jams for hours.
Another commuter, Ehtesham Akbar, said that he remained stuck in traffic for hours.
In Lahore, several ambulances were seen stuck in traffic jumbles as motorists and protesters clashed over roadblocks.
In parts of Rawalpindi, life remained paralysed due to TLP sit-ins at Liaquat Bagh, Faizabad and some other areas as commuters remained stuck in traffic mess for hours.
Hundreds of commuters were stuck in traffic jam on G.T.
Commuters are facing a hard time reaching their destination on time as they remain stuck in traffic for hours.
Residents of the twin cities were stuck in traffic jam on major arteries for hours as due to sit-in as the protesters blocked the main arteries for all kinds of traffic to protest Mastung bombing.
In Tokyo they are static sculptures stuck in traffic."
For decades the idea has been advocated by economists and traffic experts, most recently by Brookings scholar Anthony Downs in his book Stuck in Traffic. But it's never been seriously tried, mostly because the notion of charging voters for the privilege of driving to work is one for which most politicians have managed to contain their enthusiasm.