stalemate - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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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