Webb believes he is just the sort of centrist leader who can break the Democrat-Republican stalemate in Washington.
Fourth, the long-term stability of such a de facto end of conflict based on stalemate is highly questionable.
If he gets a stalemate, he then can work on regaining the rest of the country.
Fiscal Cliff Dispatch, day 35: very little movement to report on the stalemate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham has a surefire way to ensure that Libya doesn't turn into a stalemate: Bomb Gaddafi out of Tripoli.
Again, to English eyes, the war in America approached a stalemate.
Although, it is rather near a stalemate for us both, isn't it?
However, at least for the moment, he had reached a stalemate.
He seems to have reached a psychological impasse or stalemate.
They might try to stalemate us by repeating their threat, with our guns over Rahn.
1765, in chess, from stale "stalemate" (early 15c.) + mate (n.2) "checkmate." Middle English stale is probably from Anglo-French estale "standstill" (see stall (n.2)). A misnomer, because a stale is not a mate. "In England from the 17th c. to the beginning of the 19th c. the player who received stalemate won the game" [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1885.