Meaning of “deadlock” in the English Dictionary

"deadlock" in British English

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deadlocknoun

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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(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 change its demands or accept the demands of the other side:

[ U ] The long deadlock over clean air legislation 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 /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)