at an impasse

at an impasse

At a point or problem that is insurmountable or from which there is no possible exit, progress, or negotiation. After hours of bitter debate, the two parties were at an impasse, and the discussion was left for the following day.
See also: impasse
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S Pakistan relations are at an impasse, US pressurizing Pakistan and closing towards India.
Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the Illinois Legislature have been at an impasse on the state budget since last summer.
Talks between House Republicans and President Barack Obama were at an impasse and rank-and-file House members headed home.
Circuit, claiming that the NLRB's finding of refusal to bargain was not supported by the evidence, which showed the two parties were at an impasse.
We have cancelled the announcement and we are at an impasse.
Kermit Meling, chairman of the union's state bargaining team, called the state's decision that talks were at an impasse a negotiating tactic meant to start the clock so it could impose its final offer.
The union has asked the National Mediation Board to declare talks at an impasse.
We are at an impasse in terms of the negotiations, but that does not mean it is a dead issue.
A spokesperson for Boeing said executives are awaiting a union response, and said that once the union agrees the talks are at an impasse, the company could impose terms of the last contract or Boeing's last offer.
A half-century of constructive "revisionism" in the study of Reconstruction has arrived at an impasse.
It was admitted that discussions between the AMA and the national nursing associations was at an impasse as far as the registered care technologist proposal was concerned.