Mexican standoff

noun

Definition of Mexican standoff

: a situation in which no one emerges a clear winner; also : deadlock

Examples of mexican standoff in a Sentence

  1. in the battle over bedtime the parents and their son are at a Mexican standoff

First Known Use of mexican standoff

1876

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