Definition of standoff in English:

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standoff

Pronunciation: /ˈstandˌôf/

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
More example sentences
  • It used to be political and military stand-offs over big issues that caused crises in Northern Ireland.
  • His young administration faces fierce and conflicting political pressures on how he handles the stand-off.
  • The Cold War nuclear stand-off did much to sharpen Kubrick's awareness of global politics.
Synonyms
deadlock, stalemate, impasse;
draw, tie, dead heat;
suspension of hostilities, lull

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Syllabification: stand·off

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