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impasse

noun [U] uk   /æmˈpæs/ us    /ˈɪm.pæs/
a situation in which progress is impossible, especially because the people involved cannot agree: The dispute had reached an impasse, as neither side would compromise.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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