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Definition to stop commerce or the order to do so — usually a government imposed trade barrier
  • fear another oil embargo
  • embargo on trade with Cuba
  • The embargo failed because too many nations ignored it.
  • Had it not been for a robust black market, the embargo would have created a humanitarian crises.
  • I have a personal embargo on talking religion or politics.
  • Then let them speak of trade policies and embargoes and new colonies and old grudges.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • There're some Guild people, too, demanding special privileges, threatening an embargo against Arrakis.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I lay no embargo on any body's words.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • All content is embargoed—so the network can't tease the Andie affair in their ads.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Stars, Cinder, if I'd known you were going to embargo me for asking you on a date, I wouldn't have dared."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The embargo only inconveniences the rich.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • She wanted to talk, but there seemed to be an embargo on every subject.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • But because of the long-standing arms embargo, America could support Iran only in a clandestine manner.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • "Seeing himself betrayed by Attolia, Sounis has been most kind in relieving the strain of Attolia's embargo on Eddis.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • "I have just placed an embargo on all vessels at present in his Majesty's ports, and without particular permission, not one dare lift an anchor."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As the Embargo Bill, with his help, became law, a storm of protest arose in Massachusetts reminiscent of the days of the Boston Tea Party.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • A few months ago, Liz broke the unspoken embargo on all things Mia and mailed me a clip from the magazine All About Us.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • On February 26 there was enacted an embargo on exports to Britain.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He wants a word with you about your embargo on flying carpets.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • In an effort to stop Japan, President Franklin Roosevelt imposed ever-increasing embargoes on materiel, such as scrap metal and aviation fuel.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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