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"deadlock" in British English

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uk   /ˈded.lɒk/ us   /ˈded.lɑːk/
  • 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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"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 change its demands or accept the demands of the other side: [U] The long deadlock over clean air legislation has been broken.
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"deadlock" in Business English

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deadlocknoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈdedlɒk/ us  
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 negotiating committee.a deadlock in sth The deadlock in the talks meant that the dispute was taken to arbitration.a deadlock on/over sth There was a legislative deadlock over how to reduce property taxes.end in/reach deadlock Nurses went on strike after pay talks ended in deadlock.break/end a deadlock Bosses have been in intense negotiations with employees to break a deadlock over the proposed pay cuts.
(Definition of deadlock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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