deadlock - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈdedˌlɒk/
singulardeadlock
pluraldeadlocks
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a situation in which neither person or group involved in a disagreement is willing to change their opinions or position

    Negotiations are finally due to begin after months of political deadlock.

    reach deadlock:

    Peace talks reached deadlock today.

    end in deadlock:

    There are real fears that the meeting will end in deadlock.

    break the deadlock (=end it):

    Hopes of breaking the deadlock are fading.

  2. 2
    [countable] British a lock that closes with a small metal bar when you turn a key or handle