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stalemate

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈsteɪl.meɪt/ us  
a situation in which neither group involved in an argument can win or get an advantage and no action can be taken: Tomorrow's meeting between the two leaders is expected to break a diplomatic stalemate that has lasted for ten years. Despite long discussions, the workers and the management remain locked in stalemate. in chess, a position in which one player is unable to move, but their king is not being attacked, which means that neither of the two players wins
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