Definition of standoff in English:

standoff

noun

  • A stalemate or deadlock between two equally matched opponents in a dispute or conflict.

    ‘the 16-day-old standoff was no closer to being resolved’
    • ‘The Cold War nuclear stand-off did much to sharpen Kubrick's awareness of global politics.’
    • ‘It used to be political and military stand-offs over big issues that caused crises in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘Unions and managers are now referring to the stand-off as ‘class war in the classroom’.’
    • ‘And as a result, he doesn't squander the talents of his cast, throwing in plenty of personality clashes and in-house stand-offs that serve to heighten the precarious nature of Roenick's predicament.’
    • ‘His young administration faces fierce and conflicting political pressures on how he handles the stand-off.’
    • ‘It reflects one of the most perilous stand-offs in the region.’
    • ‘In the next year, there will be a pre-emptive war, a nuclear stand-off or even a nuclear exchange in the most volatile region of the world.’
    • ‘Changes to the running of the network have caused a stand-off between Essex County Council and Colchester Council.’
    • ‘The stand-offs developed between police and demonstrators angered at the handling of a week of violence since an Orange Order parade was re-routed.’
    • ‘Mrs Monaghan said she feared reprisals for her visit to London but said something needed to be done to end the stand-off.’
    • ‘The protesters are in a stand-off with a private security firm employed by the council to patrol the building.’
    • ‘Every two months I have come to Parliament House Canberra and met with the political architects of this policy, thinking there must be a better way than rhetorical stand-offs in the media.’
    • ‘The hostage said there wasn't much shooting heard toward the end of the stand-off because a deal had been reached.’
    • ‘It is a classic stand-off between public interest and private passion.’
    • ‘After an uneasy stand-off there was a brief but explosive confrontation.’
    • ‘Finally, in comparative perspective, I think there is good reason to believe that such stand-offs can be resolved through negotiation.’
    • ‘Even if the peace process eventually delivers a stable political structure and the end of sectarian stand-offs, the North will struggle to sell itself effectively to foreign investors.’
    • ‘I get depressed and frustrated when debates get bogged down in predictable rigid left-right ritual stand-offs (which seems to happen more often than not).’
    • ‘Major events in recent years include the 1982 Constitution, Meech Lake, the Delgamuu'kw decision, and the military stand-offs at Oka and Gustafson Lake.’
    • ‘As always in most of these stand-offs, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.’
    deadlock, stalemate, impasse, standstill, dead end, draw, tie, dead heat
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Pronunciation

standoff

/ˈstandˌôf//ˈstændˌɔf/