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"deadlock" in British English

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deadlocknoun

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 ​changeitsdemands 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 ​warringfactions. Once again the ​talks have ended in deadlock. Deadlock overwagelevels 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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(Definition of deadlock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deadlock" in American English

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deadlocknoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈdedˌlɑk/
a ​state or ​situation in which ​agreement in an ​argument cannot be ​reached because neither ​side will ​changeitsdemands or ​accept the ​demands of the other ​side: [U] The ​long deadlock over ​cleanairlegislation has been ​broken.
(Definition of deadlock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deadlock" in Business English

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deadlocknoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈdedlɒk/
a ​situation in which ​people cannot ​agree and no ​progress can be made: a deadlock between sb (and sb) There was deadlock between the ​directors and the ​negotiatingcommittee.a deadlock in sth The deadlock in the ​talksmeant that the ​dispute was taken to ​arbitration.a deadlock on/over sth There was a ​legislative deadlock over how to ​reducepropertytaxes.end in/reach deadlock Nurses went on ​strike after ​paytalksended in deadlock.break/end a deadlock Bosses have been in intense ​negotiations with ​employees to ​break a deadlock over the ​proposedpaycuts.
(Definition of deadlock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “deadlock”
in Arabic طَريق مَسدود…
in Korean 교착 상태…
in Portuguese impasse…
in Catalan atzucac…
in Japanese 行き詰まり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 僵局,僵持, 死结…
in Turkish tıkanma, sonuçsuz kalma, bir karara varılamayan ya da ilerleme kaydedilemeyen durum…
in Russian тупик…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僵局,僵持, 死結…
in Italian punto morto…
in Polish impas, sytuacja patowa…
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