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deadlock

[ ded-lok ]
/ ˈdɛdˌlɒk /
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noun
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.
verb (used with or without object)
to bring or come to a deadlock.
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Origin of deadlock

First recorded in 1770–80; dead + lock1

OTHER WORDS FROM deadlock

un·dead·locked, adjective
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How to use deadlock in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for deadlock

deadlock
/ (ˈdɛdˌlɒk) /

noun
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
verb
to bring or come to a deadlock
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