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    hit a roadblock

    Panaji, Oct 18 (PTI) With the teenaged German girl, who was allegedly raped by the son of Goa Education Minister Anantasio Monserratte, not coming forward to depose before the police, the investigations into the charges have hit a roadblock. "We are still waiting for the girl to depose or get medically examined.
    The efforts are on," Superintendent of Police Bosco George said. Police sources said their attempt to get the girl for medical examination turned futile this evening as she tried to run away from the police jeep.

    Please explain the emboldened parts to me.

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    Re: hit a roadblock

    A roadblock is, literally, an obstruction of traffic. A bridge may be out, a landslide may have occurred, or the police may have set up a barrier. Whatever the reason, the road is blocked and no progress toward your destination can be made until it is cleared.

    The writer uses the expression figuratively, then, to say that as a result of the victim's lack of testimony, they are unable to progress with their investigation.


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