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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.
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come to an impasse

To reach 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 came to an impasse, and the discussion was left for the following day.
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come to an impasse

Fig. to reach a deadlock, stalemate, etc., in a situation. (Alludes to a blocked roadway.) The committee has come to an impasse in its deliberations.
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reach an impasse

to progress to the point that a barrier stops further progress. When negotiations with management reached an impasse, the union went on strike. The discussion reached an impasse and no one was able to propose a compromise.
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The impasse space is parallel to the space you were passing through, but different.
This is the work of the dialectical image: both the goal and the method of a politics of the impasse.
Due to the impasses between the teachers and the government, we students are going to damage our career.
Dans l'article <<Questions prealables a une reflexion sur les impasses cliniques >>, Lucie Cantin pose un certain nombre de premisses a l'analyse de l'impasse therapeutique.
Dans son article intitule << Impasses et opportunites dans le traitement des personnes souffrant d'un trouble severe de la personnalite limite >>, Sebastien Bouchard analyse les strategies pour limiter les risques de la survenu d'impasses.
Leo IX's 1049 decision to enforce a celibate clergy in order to break the impasse created by the feudal system is a good example.
An impasse also was called in negotiations between the district and the union representing the district's nonteaching employees.
In every situation, in every type of situation, we hit the impasse.
At such moments, it is as if the author is writing "about" impasse rather than from or "out of" it.
Therefore our information on impasses, industrial action and pay is not contemporaneous with the introduction of FOA.
FOA is specifically designed to promote in-house resolution of disputes, and therefore to prevent impasses (or failures to agree), in direct contrast to conventional arbitration and mediation/conciliation which in theory are more likely to encourage disputes.
The FSIP resolves impasses between federal agencies and unions representing federal employees arising from negotiations over conditions of employment under the Statute and the Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act.
We are at impasse right now, which means that there's a state mediator that comes in and tries to facilitate a settlement,'' said Gene Smith, president of the Antelope Valley Teachers Association.
MOJAVE - Mojave Unified School District has become the fifth Antelope Valley school district in which an impasse has been declared in contract talks with teachers.
Impasse usually results because school officials have concluded that teachers' salaries and health and welfare benefits are not high priority items, that essentially teachers are expendable.