Definition of deadlock in English:



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

    ‘an attempt to break the deadlock’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"I detected in the president and prime minister a desire to resolve the present deadlock, " he said.’
    • ‘From what we have seen so far in Congress, the deadlock is being repeated there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chen took the initiative in approaching Soong to break the present political deadlock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This document proposes a statewide land justice settlement to break the deadlock and actually produce some substantial benefits for many indigenous Victorians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The latest Norwegian delegation is unlikely to end the present deadlock and to restart the peace talks.’
    • ‘The one-day protest comes after Salga and Samwu failed to resolve a deadlock in salary negotiations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meeting reached a deadlock when Williams challenged Halley to have him removed by municipal security guards.’
    • ‘A long-running deadlock over who should clear up an unauthorised tip in Derbyshire has finally been broken.’
    • ‘As a result, they are looking to end the current deadlock by resorting to extra-parliamentary means.’
    stalemate, impasse, checkmate, stand-off
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    1. 1.1A situation in a game or match where the scores are level.
      ‘Ashton broke the deadlock with a penalty after 15 minutes’
      • ‘Three minutes into the extra period Avenue finally broke the deadlock.’
      • ‘Five minutes into the second half the Derbyshire outfit broke the deadlock following a disputed free-kick.’
      • ‘As for the prospect of possibly being the one team who can break the Southerns vs Western Province final deadlock, Fulton was non-committal.’
      • ‘Although both teams created a number of late chances the game ended in deadlock.’
      • ‘The deadlock was finally broken on the stroke of half-time with a Dean Howell back pass putting Gawthorpe under real pressure.’
      • ‘With Bridge-Wilkinson covering his back, the youngster's positive approach looked the best bet to end the tedious deadlock.’
      • ‘With the teams failing to resolve the deadlock at the end of regulation time and extra-time, tie-breaker was applied.’
      • ‘Eventually, man of the match Declan Burke broke the deadlock.’
      • ‘This was a much tougher game than the score suggests, and it took a slick set piece to break the deadlock.’
      • ‘The NHL will now have what's called a shootout if the overtime period still ends in a deadlock.’
      • ‘In our 20 previous Women's Bowler of the Year awards, never had there been such a deadlock.’
      • ‘Deadlock ensued with a midfield battle that was seemingly getting neither side anywhere near their opponents ' line.’
      • ‘Consequently, the teams failed to break the deadlock at half time.’
      • ‘Will the floodgates open now that Arsenal have broken the deadlock?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a 43-43 halftime deadlock, the Cavs took a seven-point lead.’
      • ‘Two of his fierce long range strikes almost succeeded in breaking the deadlock.’
      • ‘The wide man did play a part in the build-up when the deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute.’
      • ‘On the face of it the golden goal is the fairest and cleanest solution to a deadlock.’
      • ‘Bola netted the winner in OT after a 3-3 deadlock.’
  • 2British A type of lock requiring a key to open and close it, as distinct from a spring lock.

    • ‘There is remote control central locking, with deadlocks as well as transponder immobiliser.’
    • ‘My car instructions warn not to activate deadlocks if people are inside, as it cannot be unlocked from inside.’
    • ‘Standard security equipment has undoubtedly improved in recent years, importantly including deadlocks, electronic immobilisers and alarms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are lots that we can do to help prevent burglaries, such as installing deadlocks on doors and fitting proper window catches.’
    • ‘All outside doors should be fitted with deadlocks.’
    • ‘Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks or high-security rim deadlocks to external doors.’
    • ‘In general, this means five-lever mortice locks or deadlocks on doors and locks on all accessible windows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, security and safety are amongst the best in its class, with airbags, a brake assist system, deadlocks, and an immobiliser on many models.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These include fitting an alarm, making sure deadlocks are fitted to outside doors and making sure valuables are kept out of view.’
    bolt, lock, latch, catch, fastening, fastener
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  • 1[no 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three hours later, the nine jurors returned deadlocked, and half an hour later, Mohammed ordered the retrial.’
    • ‘The jury deadlocked on two other counts charging him with false statements on tax returns.’
    • ‘And last night's council tax-setting meeting had appeared deadlocked after all three party budgets were voted out.’
    • ‘They were hopelessly deadlocked and begged to be discharged.’
    • ‘Without their support, Williams delayed introducing the bill, and the situation remained deadlocked.’
    • ‘The government proposal was announced on July 2 as a way of resolving deadlocked negotiations.’
    • ‘The all-white jury deadlocked in Killen's case, but seven others were convicted.’
    • ‘Negotiations are practically deadlocked over agriculture, as they are over trips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A judge declared a hung jury after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.’
    • ‘The jury in Ventura, California, were deadlocked on one count of poisoning one of the victims.’
    • ‘We seem to be hopelessly deadlocked on some financial issues and on who gets the kids when.’
    • ‘In 1992, negotiations on the new federal Constitution deadlocked over the issue of Slovak autonomy.’
    • ‘The first, held this summer, ended in a mistrial because the jury deadlocked.’
    • ‘It is reported that 3,000 employees attended the meeting, convened after negotiations with management deadlocked over workers' financial demands.’
    • ‘The two sides are now deadlocked over wage issues.’
    • ‘Dukada then declared the meeting deadlocked because all political parties did not agree.’
    • ‘The commission met intermittently in Seoul but deadlocked over the issue of establishing a national government.’
    tie, draw, dead heat
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    1. 1.1(of a game or match) be tied, with the score level.
      • ‘The first half was relatively lacklustre and despite some scoring opportunities the teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 at the break.’
      • ‘By the 70th minute the sides were deadlocked before Tomas Quinn fired over the match-winning 45.’
      • ‘The two teams were also deadlocked 1-1 in a Week Four fixture.’
      • ‘The opposing sides had been deadlocked at nil-nil, following an exciting first half.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alan Dowling and Malone swapped points to leave it deadlocked at the end of an exciting finale.’
      • ‘After full-time and extra-time the teams were deadlocked at 1-1.’
      • ‘Each of the two remaining candidates received one vote leaving them deadlocked again on eighteen votes.’
      • ‘The game remained deadlocked until Payne, coming off the bench, broke the tie for good.’
      • ‘Scotland had to beat Italy to stay in the race, and with only two minutes left the game was deadlocked goalless.’
      • ‘They were still deadlocked after playing the first and 18th holes.’
      • ‘After the first third of the match, the score was still deadlocked at 0-0.’
      • ‘With less than ten minutes remaining the sides were deadlocked at eight points each.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At half time the scores were deadlocked at 10 all.’
      • ‘With the match deadlocked at the end of normal time extra time was played in very wet and windy conditions.’
      • ‘Both teams were deadlocked at 12-12 just as the full-time hooter went.’
      • ‘However, with just three minutes left the score was deadlocked at 15-15.’
      • ‘Six days earlier the great rivals ended deadlocked on the scoreboard after an exciting sixty minutes.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2British Secure (a door) with a deadlock.

    ‘you can deadlock any exit door from the outside’
    • ‘Police were interviewed on radio warning residents not to deadlock doors overnight without leaving a key in the inside lock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem was that Mother had accidentally deadlocked the door - not even knowing that it could be deadlocked.’
    • ‘You come home, you turn the key and it is still deadlocked.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the landlord of the flat downstairs was showing a prospective tenant around the flat and deadlocked the door on their way out.’
    • ‘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.’