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English definition of “deadlock”

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.
Synonym

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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