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Mexican standoff

noun, Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
a stalemate or impasse; a confrontation that neither side can win.
Origin of Mexican standoff
First recorded in 1890-95
Usage note
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. 2018.
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Mexican standoff

noun phrase

A stalemate; deadlock; standoff •First referred to a tie baseball game (1891+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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