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deadlock

[ded-lok] /ˈdɛdˌlɒk/
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.
2.
3.
a maximum-security cell for the solitary confinement of a prisoner.
verb (used with or without object)
4.
to bring or come to a deadlock.
Origin of deadlock
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; dead + lock1
Related forms
undeadlocked, adjective
Synonyms
1. standoff, impasse, draw.
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  • However, one was for Bassett and t'other for Ellis, so the deadlock wa'n't broken.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The situation, thanks to Martinez's stoutness, had reached a deadlock.

  • When the tuna is raised so high he will refuse to come any higher, and then there is a deadlock.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Why a deadlock that has lasted over a quarter of a million years?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • There'd be a deadlock when a conclave started checking their claims.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for deadlock

deadlock

/ˈdɛdˌlɒk/
noun
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
verb
4.
to bring or come to a deadlock
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Word Origin and History for deadlock
n.

"complete standstill," from dead (adj.), in its emphatic use, + lock (n.). First attested 1779 in Sheridan's play "The Critic."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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