Origin of impasse
Examples from the Web for impasse
And a coup probably would exacerbate the economic problems that months of friction, violence and impasse have wrought.
And Kerry said that both Israeli and Palestinian leaders share the blame for the current impasse in the talks.Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’|Josh Rogin|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We believe that we may be close to such an impasse, and we want to present the Commandant with options.Gagging the Corps: A Marine Commandant’s War on Newsprint|David Abrams|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For now, an impasse holds Ukraine in a limbo punctuated by violent outbursts.
In the meantime, expect attitudes to harden—and the country to remain at impasse.
Yes, he was in love; and he recognized the impasse as fully as Mina herself, although with more self-restraint.Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope
I have come to see that we shall never get out of the impasse in which we seem to have been caught unless someone takes a stand.The Dust Flower|Basil King
What we possess anybody can get in a morning's walk; we find that we have travelled a long distance, and have come to an impasse.The Book-Collector|William Carew Hazlitt
The impasse with Zoe still continues, and my peace of mind has been still further disturbed by the actual arrival of Rosa.Diary of a U-Boat Commander|Anonymous
The impasse was so horrible that she could not face it even in her thoughts.El Dorado|Baroness Orczy
Word Origin for impasse
1851, "blind alley," from French impasse "impassable road, blind alley, impasse," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Middle French passe "a passing," from passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)). Supposedly coined by Voltaire as a euphemism for cul de sac. Figurative use also from 1851.