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deadlock

noun (SITUATION)    /ˈded.lɒk/ US  /-lɑːk/
[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 stalemateDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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