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noun [countable/uncountable] stalemate pronunciation in British English /ˈsteɪlˌmeɪt/
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  1. 1
    a situation in which progress is impossible because the people or groups involved cannot agree
    end in/reach (a) stalemate:

    The fourth round of talks ended in a stalemate.

    Management and the unions have reached stalemate in their negotiations.

  2. 2
    the situation in chess when the game ends because neither player can make a legal move or win the game

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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