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English noun: bottleneck

1. bottleneck (shape) a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel


Synonymschokepoint, constriction


Broader (hypernym)narrowing

2. bottleneck (artifact) the narrow part of a bottle near the top


Broader (hypernym)part, portion


English verb: bottleneck

1. bottleneck (social) slow down or impede by creating an obstruction


SamplesHis laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy

2. bottleneck (change) become narrow, like a bottleneck


SamplesRight by the bridge, the road bottlenecks.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)contract, narrow









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