Definition of deadlock
- the deadlock was broken with a key compromise
City councilors reached a deadlock over the law.
His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.
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: a situation in which an agreement cannot be made : a situation in which ending a disagreement is impossible because neither side will give up something that it wants
: a situation in which players, teams, etc., have the same score
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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