Mexican standoff

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.
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