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English definition of “Mexican standoff”

Mexican standoff

noun [C] uk   us  
a situation in which people on opposite sides threaten each other but neither tries to come to an agreementArguments and disagreements
(Definition of Mexican standoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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