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.
a maximum-security cell for the solitary confinement of a prisoner.
to bring or come to a deadlock.
- un·dead·locked, adjective
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How to use deadlock in a sentence
One option to resolve this deadlock is for the international community, and the United States and Europe in particular, to impose an end to the occupation and facilitate the two-state settlement they claim to endorse.Israel-Palestine is a State of Permanent Conflict Punctuated by Periodic Carnage. Only the Watching World Can Stop It | Mouin Rabbani | May 13, 2021 | Time
The bill, which also banned police from using rubber bullets and tear gas, was passed on December 1 by both the state’s House and Senate after senior lawmakers overcame months of deadlock to reach a consensus.Massachusetts governor won’t sign police reform bill with facial recognition ban | Zack Whittaker | December 10, 2020 | TechCrunch
Tricoire laid out Schneider’s challenge—how to increase global access to energy while resolving “the deadlock” of climate change.
Until the federal deadlock ends, Land O’ Lakes and HP are working on their own, smaller-scale solutions to the digital divide.Land O’ Lakes CEO calls for big federal spending on rural broadband | dzanemorris | October 26, 2020 | Fortune
After weeks of deadlock, the two parties are finally moving closer to a stimulus deal.Here’s when your second stimulus check could arrive if Congress passes more economic aid | Lance Lambert | October 5, 2020 | Fortune
Created in an election year and evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, it could have ended in partisan deadlock.The 9/11 Commission Is Back With a New Warning for America | Eleanor Clift | July 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was illegal and forced of course, but it seemed to be the only way out from the bloody political deadlock.
John Avlon talks to a former FBI hostage negotiator about how to break the deadlock.
Billionaire investor expresses impatient with deadlock, but says investors expect limited irrationality from D.C.Warren Buffett Slams Debt Ceiling Drama as "Damn Dumb" | CNBC | September 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The problem is it may take years—even decades—until they reach a deadlock too painful to endure.
He wanted to get back at the old hound somehow—without giving in an inch in the mute deadlock.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
And into the midst of this racket burst the news that the negotiations with Germany, Russia and France were at a deadlock.The Lord of the Sea | M. P. Shiel
A capitalist deadlock of markets brought on in 1914 the capitalist collapse popularly known as the World War.Communism and Christianism | William Montgomery Brown
There had been,—so they had said,—peculiarities so peculiar that it might be that the much-dreaded deadlock had come at last.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
I got nowhere, until, in a manner as sudden as it was unexpected, something happened which ended the deadlock.The Winged Men of Orcon | David R. Sparks
British Dictionary definitions for deadlock
a state of affairs in which further action between two opposing forces is impossible; stalemate
a tie between opposite sides in a contest
a lock having a bolt that can be opened only with a key
to bring or come to a deadlock
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