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deadlock

noun uk   /ˈded.lɒk/  us   /-lɑːk/

deadlock noun (SITUATION)

[S or U] a situation in which agreement in an argument cannot be reached because neither side will change its demands or accept any of the demands of the other side: Somebody will have to compromise if we are to break (= end) the deadlock between the two warring factions. Once again the talks have ended in deadlock. Deadlock over wage levels has prevented an agreement being reached.
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deadlock noun (LOCK)

[C] a lock that is inside the edge of a door, so that it cannot be seen or removed when the door is closed
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Translations of “deadlock”
in Korean 교착 상태…
in Arabic طَريق مَسدود…
in Portuguese impasse…
in Catalan atzucac…
in Japanese 行き詰まり…
in Italian punto morto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僵局,僵持, 死結…
in Russian тупик…
in Turkish tıkanma, sonuçsuz kalma, bir karara varılamayan ya da ilerleme kaydedilemeyen durum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 僵局,僵持, 死结…
in Polish impas, sytuacja patowa…
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