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
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- It used to be political and military stand-offs over big issues that caused crises in Northern Ireland.
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- The Cold War nuclear stand-off did much to sharpen Kubrick's awareness of global politics.