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Mexican standoff

slang An impasse, deadlock, or stalemate from which no party involved will or can emerge victorious. Also written "stand-off." (Note: This phrase may be considered offensive to Mexicans or those of Mexican heritage.) Primarily heard in US. No one on the board of directors was willing to compromise their position on the issue, and with each of us having veto power, it looked like we were heading into a Mexican standoff.
See also: Mexican
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When the final whistle went there were no further pitch invasions, just a surreal Mexican stand-off between stewards and fans before the 2005 LDV Vans Trophy Final winners returned to milk the applause.
It's almost like a Mexican stand-off - or a European stand-off if you like.
We looked at each other, locked in a Mexican stand-off.
Sometimes it even felt like the Mexican stand-off from classic cowboy movie The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Gary and I were obviously the good, the bold Dave was the bad and there was absolutely no doubt Big Gerry was the UGLY
Mexican stand-off - Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Pepper
We'll see a Mexican stand-off between two gangs and then one lad from each gang pick up what look like weapons -a brick and a piece of wood.
One of the consequences of his Mexican stand-off, unfortunately, is that he couldn't represent the national side, thus reducing his chances of meeting the Department of Employment's work permit criteria.
All of which is a perfect excuse to showcase every action set-piece available, from the now famous Mexican stand-off to director John Woo's favourite, double-handed gun play.
Promoter Lou Dibella had created a Mexican stand-off between his middleweight trio hinting on numerous occasions that one of the Irish fighters would get a March 17 New York clash with the man deemed the best middleweight in the world.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups on the newly 'hung' Birmingham Council are involved in something of a Mexican stand-off.
In fact, it was with great surprise that the pub column pardner the Boy Shennan and I realised the glaring omission and a Mexican stand-off ensued to see who could 'do' it first.
Now we've got something of a Mexican stand-off between GEC and Kvaerner.
Subtlety and diplomacy and a willingness to negotiate are required to halt the very serious Mexican stand-off.
It almost appears like one big Mexican stand-off - as soon as one club makes a move for one of the 'usual suspects' you can envision a mass of frantic, silly bids for the likes of Nugent, Jason Koumas and Alan Smith.