Mexican standoff

noun Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
a stalemate or impasse; a confrontation that neither side can win.


This expression is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by Mexicans. Its origin in the late 19th century may be connected to American perceptions of encounters with Mexican bandits of that era. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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