- deadlock UK US /ˈdedlɒk/ noun [C or U]► a situation in which people cannot agree and no progress can be made: a deadlock between sb (and sb) »
There was deadlock between the directors and the negotiating committee.a deadlock in sth »
The deadlock in the talks meant that the dispute was taken to arbitration.a deadlock on/over sth »
There was a legislative deadlock over how to reduce property taxes.end in/reach deadlock »
Nurses went on strike after pay talks ended in deadlock.break/end a deadlock »
Bosses have been in intense negotiations with employees to break a deadlock over the proposed pay cuts.
Financial and business terms. 2012.