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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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Often, with just hours left, it becomes the Mexican stand-off with players and their agents on one side and the clubs on the other waiting to see who capitulates first.
Panmure Gordon oil and gas analyst Peter Hitchens said: "We appear to have a bit of a Mexican stand-off.
It was a classic Mexican stand-off, only in a revolving door.
WHAT in God's name is this Mexican stand-off between Racing UK, the BBC and Channel 4 all about?
Suffice to say there's now a kind of Mexican stand-off currently operating in their house, with both of them thinking they're right, but having no more insults left to fling.
So the Mexican stand-off has finally resulted in a red card, sending off for Ken Walker and the game is over, eh?
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.
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LIKE desperados in a Mexican stand-off, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are in a contest to vanquish one another as an electoral force.
We looked at each other, locked in a Mexican stand-off.
Therefore, Villa appear to have a dissatisfied and de-motivated player on their hands as the two clubs hold their footballing equivalent of a Mexican stand-off.
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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.