stalemate


stalemate

noun

Definition of STALEMATE

1
a point in a struggle where neither side is capable of winning or willing to give in <a new negotiator finally got both sides past the stalemate>
2
a situation in which neither participant in a contest, competition, or struggle comes out ahead of the other <after playing chess for 16 hours, we ended the game in a stalemate>

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