And then, not long after all that, would come the same lull and an impasse of detachment.
The impasse between Israel and the Palestinians shows little sign of easing.
The moment people realize we have a way out of this impasse, the Putin regime will crumble overnight.
1851, "blind alley," from French impasse "impassable road, blind alley, impasse," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Middle French passe "a passing," from passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)). Supposedly coined by Voltaire as a euphemism for cul de sac. Figurative use also from 1851.