Definition of deadlock in English:

deadlock

noun

  • 1in singular A situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made.

    ‘an attempt to break the deadlock’
    • ‘The meeting reached a deadlock when Williams challenged Halley to have him removed by municipal security guards.’
    • ‘The Government will make a final push this weekend to break the deadlock in the social partnership talks with all the main players warning it is now make-or-break time.’
    • ‘Technological advances in machine guns and artillery had caused such a stalemate on the battlefield that all parties involved were looking for ways to break the deadlock.’
    • ‘This document proposes a statewide land justice settlement to break the deadlock and actually produce some substantial benefits for many indigenous Victorians.’
    • ‘Chen took the initiative in approaching Soong to break the present political deadlock.’
    • ‘After several minutes of explanations, she realized that the groups had reached a deadlock.’
    • ‘The agreement gives the UN special envoy the formal power to break any political deadlock.’
    • ‘A long-running deadlock over who should clear up an unauthorised tip in Derbyshire has finally been broken.’
    • ‘The new German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at her first summit, helped break the deadlock when she said Germany would be willing to increase its contribution.’
    • ‘The latest Norwegian delegation is unlikely to end the present deadlock and to restart the peace talks.’
    • ‘We'll talk with two key members of the U.S. House and Senate about that stalled intelligence reform legislation, what it's going to take to break the deadlock.’
    • ‘From what we have seen so far in Congress, the deadlock is being repeated there.’
    • ‘On April 16, negotiators called in mediators to help break the deadlock, and the next day Taha returned to Khartoum to consult with President Omar el-Bashir.’
    • ‘"I detected in the president and prime minister a desire to resolve the present deadlock, " he said.’
    • ‘Leading industrial relations mediator Phil Flynn will attempt to break the deadlock in the worsening dispute between 540 rural postmasters and An Post.’
    • ‘The strike call was made following a deadlock in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.’
    • ‘Bilateral relations have come to a virtual deadlock since the last ministerial talks ended in failure in November last year.’
    • ‘Ballina and Castlebar Town Councils are due to hold further meetings in the coming weeks after initial discussions failed to break the deadlock between management and councillors.’
    • ‘As a result, they are looking to end the current deadlock by resorting to extra-parliamentary means.’
    • ‘The one-day protest comes after Salga and Samwu failed to resolve a deadlock in salary negotiations.’
    stalemate, impasse, checkmate, stand-off
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    1. 1.1 A situation in a game or match where the scores are level.
      ‘Ashton broke the deadlock with a penalty after 15 minutes’
      • ‘Five minutes into the second half the Derbyshire outfit broke the deadlock following a disputed free-kick.’
      • ‘In our 20 previous Women's Bowler of the Year awards, never had there been such a deadlock.’
      • ‘Two of his fierce long range strikes almost succeeded in breaking the deadlock.’
      • ‘After a 43-43 halftime deadlock, the Cavs took a seven-point lead.’
      • ‘Eventually, man of the match Declan Burke broke the deadlock.’
      • ‘With the teams failing to resolve the deadlock at the end of regulation time and extra-time, tie-breaker was applied.’
      • ‘The deadlock was finally broken on the stroke of half-time with a Dean Howell back pass putting Gawthorpe under real pressure.’
      • ‘This was a much tougher game than the score suggests, and it took a slick set piece to break the deadlock.’
      • ‘The wide man did play a part in the build-up when the deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute.’
      • ‘A good crowd of over 15000 grew more and more impatient as the game wore on and still the Amakhosi failed to break the deadlock.’
      • ‘Although both teams created a number of late chances the game ended in deadlock.’
      • ‘On the face of it the golden goal is the fairest and cleanest solution to a deadlock.’
      • ‘Consequently, the teams failed to break the deadlock at half time.’
      • ‘Three minutes into the extra period Avenue finally broke the deadlock.’
      • ‘Bola netted the winner in OT after a 3-3 deadlock.’
      • ‘As for the prospect of possibly being the one team who can break the Southerns vs Western Province final deadlock, Fulton was non-committal.’
      • ‘The NHL will now have what's called a shootout if the overtime period still ends in a deadlock.’
      • ‘Will the floodgates open now that Arsenal have broken the deadlock?’
      • ‘With Bridge-Wilkinson covering his back, the youngster's positive approach looked the best bet to end the tedious deadlock.’
      • ‘Deadlock ensued with a midfield battle that was seemingly getting neither side anywhere near their opponents ' line.’
  • 2British A type of lock requiring a key to open and close it, as distinct from a spring lock.

    North American term deadbolt
    • ‘However, security and safety are amongst the best in its class, with airbags, a brake assist system, deadlocks, and an immobiliser on many models.’
    • ‘There are lots that we can do to help prevent burglaries, such as installing deadlocks on doors and fitting proper window catches.’
    • ‘There is remote control central locking, with deadlocks as well as transponder immobiliser.’
    • ‘Following a Government cash boost, residents can now benefit from a range of new security measures, including the fitting of deadlocks to doors, window locks and grilles.’
    • ‘All 21 vans are finished in red with the company's livery as well as being boarded out and fitted with deadlocks and roof-bars.’
    • ‘Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks or high-security rim deadlocks to external doors.’
    • ‘While the building is occupied, the deadlock on the inner door should not be locked.’
    • ‘A full alarm, deadlocks on doors, we've got deadlocking bolts on all the windows and French doors around the house.’
    • ‘My car instructions warn not to activate deadlocks if people are inside, as it cannot be unlocked from inside.’
    • ‘All outside doors should be fitted with deadlocks.’
    • ‘Standard security equipment has undoubtedly improved in recent years, importantly including deadlocks, electronic immobilisers and alarms.’
    • ‘These include fitting an alarm, making sure deadlocks are fitted to outside doors and making sure valuables are kept out of view.’
    • ‘In general, this means five-lever mortice locks or deadlocks on doors and locks on all accessible windows.’
    bolt, lock, latch, catch, fastening, fastener
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verb

[with object]
  • 1no object Cause (a situation or opposing parties) to come to a point where no progress can be made because of fundamental disagreement.

    ‘the meeting is deadlocked’
    • ‘Negotiations are practically deadlocked over agriculture, as they are over trips.’
    • ‘And last night's council tax-setting meeting had appeared deadlocked after all three party budgets were voted out.’
    • ‘Dukada then declared the meeting deadlocked because all political parties did not agree.’
    • ‘The jury deadlocked on two other counts charging him with false statements on tax returns.’
    • ‘The government proposal was announced on July 2 as a way of resolving deadlocked negotiations.’
    • ‘A judge declared a hung jury after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.’
    • ‘The first, held this summer, ended in a mistrial because the jury deadlocked.’
    • ‘The two sides are now deadlocked over wage issues.’
    • ‘The past five years have seen political stagnation with the government and opposition deadlocked, and the rotting away of the foundation of democracy has begun.’
    • ‘Three hours later, the nine jurors returned deadlocked, and half an hour later, Mohammed ordered the retrial.’
    • ‘It is reported that 3,000 employees attended the meeting, convened after negotiations with management deadlocked over workers' financial demands.’
    • ‘They were hopelessly deadlocked and begged to be discharged.’
    • ‘The commission met intermittently in Seoul but deadlocked over the issue of establishing a national government.’
    • ‘The jury in Ventura, California, were deadlocked on one count of poisoning one of the victims.’
    • ‘The parties have also deadlocked over the period to be covered by the agreement, with SALGA favouring a three-year settlement period and the union demanding a one-year settlement.’
    • ‘The all-white jury deadlocked in Killen's case, but seven others were convicted.’
    • ‘Without their support, Williams delayed introducing the bill, and the situation remained deadlocked.’
    • ‘Arguably, the parties would have remained deadlocked if the Ferrelli Application had not been commenced, as the primary objective of the Cantelmi Application was to maintain the status quo.’
    • ‘In 1992, negotiations on the new federal Constitution deadlocked over the issue of Slovak autonomy.’
    • ‘We seem to be hopelessly deadlocked on some financial issues and on who gets the kids when.’
    tie, draw, dead heat
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    1. 1.1be deadlocked (of a game or match) be tied, with the score level.
      • ‘After full-time and extra-time the teams were deadlocked at 1-1.’
      • ‘Scotland had to beat Italy to stay in the race, and with only two minutes left the game was deadlocked goalless.’
      • ‘Alan Dowling and Malone swapped points to leave it deadlocked at the end of an exciting finale.’
      • ‘The opposing sides had been deadlocked at nil-nil, following an exciting first half.’
      • ‘Six days earlier the great rivals ended deadlocked on the scoreboard after an exciting sixty minutes.’
      • ‘The two teams were also deadlocked 1-1 in a Week Four fixture.’
      • ‘The first half was relatively lacklustre and despite some scoring opportunities the teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 at the break.’
      • ‘They were still deadlocked after playing the first and 18th holes.’
      • ‘Although the game was deadlocked at 4-4 after the fourth inning, Flaherty's sixth-inning blast put the Yankees firmly in the driving seat.’
      • ‘By the 70th minute the sides were deadlocked before Tomas Quinn fired over the match-winning 45.’
      • ‘Each of the two remaining candidates received one vote leaving them deadlocked again on eighteen votes.’
      • ‘Both teams were deadlocked at 12-12 just as the full-time hooter went.’
      • ‘The indecision follows council's monthly meeting on Tuesday night during which councillors deadlocked with a six/six vote on a motion to provide $100,000 over three years.’
      • ‘So we're just sitting there watching TV and nothing is really happening, the game is deadlocked at fourteen to fourteen and it's gotten pretty out of hand with the penalties.’
      • ‘At half time the scores were deadlocked at 10 all.’
      • ‘With less than ten minutes remaining the sides were deadlocked at eight points each.’
      • ‘The game remained deadlocked until Payne, coming off the bench, broke the tie for good.’
      • ‘With the match deadlocked at the end of normal time extra time was played in very wet and windy conditions.’
      • ‘However, with just three minutes left the score was deadlocked at 15-15.’
      • ‘After the first third of the match, the score was still deadlocked at 0-0.’
  • 2British Secure (a door) with a deadlock.

    ‘you can deadlock any exit door from the outside’
    • ‘Unfortunately the landlord of the flat downstairs was showing a prospective tenant around the flat and deadlocked the door on their way out.’
    • ‘You come home, you turn the key and it is still deadlocked.’
    • ‘Like some Fifties melodrama hero, Will is a lost lover returning from the past, none of the doors are expecting him, all are deadlocked.’
    • ‘I always thought that when I was on the inside, if I twisted the handle up, it would be deadlocking the door, or locking it somehow.’
    • ‘Police were interviewed on radio warning residents not to deadlock doors overnight without leaving a key in the inside lock.’
    • ‘The problem was that Mother had accidentally deadlocked the door - not even knowing that it could be deadlocked.’
    • ‘He told her she did not have the right locks on her front and back doors and that he had two locks which, he claimed, could be deadlocked.’
    • ‘Quickly, I leaped out of my seat and approached his front door, praying under my breath it wasn't deadlocked.’
    • ‘Once both her parents had gone, she'd deadlocked the door, bolted it top and bottom.’
    • ‘I stood there watching him for five seconds and knew he couldn't get out so ran out and deadlocked the front door.’
    bolt, lock, fasten, padlock, secure, latch, deadlock, block, barricade, obstruct
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Pronunciation

deadlock

/ˈdɛdlɒk/