dead lock

deadlock

[ded-lok]
noun
1.
a state in which progress is impossible, as in a dispute, produced by the counteraction of opposing forces; standstill; stalemate: The union and management reached a deadlock over fringe benefits.
3.
a maximum-security cell for the solitary confinement of a prisoner.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to bring or come to a deadlock.

Origin:
1770–80; dead + lock1

undeadlocked, adjective


1. standoff, impasse, draw.
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deadlock (ˈdɛdˌlɒk)
 
n
1.  a state of affairs in which further action between two opposing forces is impossible; stalemate
2.  a tie between opposite sides in a contest
3.  a lock having a bolt that can be opened only with a key
 
vb
4.  to bring or come to a deadlock

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deadlock
"complete standstill," first attested 1779 in Sheridan's play "The Critic."
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