deadlock

noun
dead·​lock | \ ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio) \

Definition of deadlock

1 : a state of inaction or neutralization resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions : standstill the deadlock was broken with a key compromise
2 : a tie score

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deadlock verb

Examples of deadlock in a Sentence

City councilors reached a deadlock over the law. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were tied in deadlock as the clock ticked into the final minute of their Premier League encounter in 2005. SI.com, "Frank Lampard's 'Ghost Goal' Against Germany & the 8 Infamous Goals That Never Were," 27 June 2019 The summit ended in deadlock as the Spitzenkandidat system came under attack from various directions. Charlemagne | Brussels, The Economist, "EU leaders fail to agree on who should lead the union for the next five years," 21 June 2019 An Ethiopian initiative to resume talks apparently failed to make progress in the deadlock. Washington Post, "Sudan’s army calls for unconditional talks with protesters," 20 June 2019 Owing to its Remain-heavy arithmetic, Parliament is in total deadlock. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Boris Johnson, the Brexit Illusionist," 28 June 2019 The Timbers and Galaxy remained locked in a scoreless draw until Portland finally broke the deadlock midway through the first half. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers post decisive 4-0 win over LA Galaxy in U.S. Open Cup Round of 16," 19 June 2019 Gould is currently in a deadlock with the 49ers after asking to be traded in April. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "Photos: 49ers kicker Robbie Gould sells Illinois mansion," 13 June 2019 These incidents testify to the bitterness of Britain’s current political deadlock. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 Senior Michael Holdsworth followed with an RBI double to break the deadlock. cleveland.com, "St. Ignatius defeats Mentor 4-2 in 10 innings to win Div. I state baseball title," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deadlock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deadlock

: 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
US : a situation in which players, teams, etc., have the same score

deadlock

noun
dead·​lock | \ ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of deadlock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a situation in which a disagreement cannot be ended because neither side will give in

deadlock

verb
deadlocked; deadlocking

Kids Definition of deadlock (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be unable to end a disagreement because neither side will give in The players and owners have deadlocked over pay.

deadlock

noun
dead·​lock | \ ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio) \

Legal Definition of deadlock

: a state of inaction resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions: as
a : the state of a jury unable to agree on a verdict — see also allen charge
b : impasse
c : a state in which corporate directors are unable to perform their functions because of shareholder voting

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