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.
In the meantime, expect attitudes to harden—and the country to remain at impasse.
The president kept returning to the notion that both parties are to blame for the impasse.
He brought over powers to settle the ecclesiastical "impasse."
According to them, the investigation into the activities of that ship had come to an impasse.
And yet—it would be the easiest and wealthiest way out of the impasse, now that Jolyon was gone.
And mere abuse of those who point out the impasse cannot change the facts.
He got round the impasse by kicking out the foot rest of the third chair.
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.