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1 [in singular] a situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made:an attempt to break the deadlock a situation in a contest or game where the scores are equal:Ashton broke the deadlock with a penalty after 15 minutes
verb [with object]
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 jurors were deadlocked on six charges
) (of a contest or game) be in a tie:with the score still deadlocked at three-three
2British secure (a door) with a deadlock.