Definition of deadlock in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛdlɒk


  • 1 [in singular] A situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made: an attempt to break the deadlock
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1A situation in a game or match where the scores are level: Ashton broke the deadlock with a penalty after 15 minutes
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    • Consequently, the teams failed to break the deadlock at half time.
    • Five minutes into the second half the Derbyshire outfit broke the deadlock following a disputed free-kick.
    • Eventually, man of the match Declan Burke broke the deadlock.
  • 2British A type of lock requiring a key to open and close it, as distinct from a spring lock.
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    • In general, this means five-lever mortice locks or deadlocks on doors and locks on all accessible windows.
    • 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.


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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
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1 (be deadlocked) (Of a game or match) be tied, with the score level.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Scotland had to beat Italy to stay in the race, and with only two minutes left the game was deadlocked goalless.
  • 2British Secure (a door) with a deadlock: you can deadlock any exit door from the outside
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    • 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.
    • I stood there watching him for five seconds and knew he couldn't get out so ran out and deadlocked the front door.
    • Police were interviewed on radio warning residents not to deadlock doors overnight without leaving a key in the inside lock.

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