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standoff

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noun stand·off \ˈstand-ˌȯf\

Definition of standoff

  1. 1a :  tie, deadlock the two teams played to a standoffb :  a counterbalancing effect

  2. 2 :  the act of standing off

Examples of standoff in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of standoff

circa 1835


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standoff

adjective stand·off

Definition of standoff

  1. 1 :  standoffish

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

Examples of standoff in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of standoff

1837


STANDOFF Defined for English Language Learners

standoff

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Definition of standoff for English Language Learners

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



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