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1standoff

noun stand·off \ˈstand-ˌf\

: an argument, contest, etc., in which there is no winner

Full Definition of STANDOFF

1
a :  tie, deadlock <the two teams played to a standoff>
b :  a counterbalancing effect
2
:  the act of standing off

Examples of STANDOFF

  1. The two governments are currently in a standoff over who has rights to the land.
  2. <after two hours they had played to a 5–5 standoff>

First Known Use of STANDOFF

circa 1835

2standoff

adjective

Definition of STANDOFF

2
:  used for holding something at a distance from a surface <a standoff insulator>

Examples of STANDOFF

  1. <the client's standoff attitude suggested that this was going to be a strictly business relationship>

First Known Use of STANDOFF

1837

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