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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
Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters

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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