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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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Marcus Du Sautoy is the adjudicator and is on hand with interesting mathematical tidbits - including how to survive the Mexican stand-off at the end of Reservoir Dogs.
However, Allan is involved in a Mexican stand-off with his Tayside paymasters and has already faced the wrath of gaffer Peter Houston over his contract demands with his current deal up next summer.
There has been a Mexican stand-off but I think Kirklees has seen sense."
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SKY Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd is hopeful that the ongoing "Mexican stand-off" with star goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (above) will be resolved, one way or the other, befor the January transfer window.
Barely two months after emerging from bankruptcy, Chrysler's new shareholders may be gearing up for a Mexican stand-off and an important test of how union ownership will affect the carmaker.
However, Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey observed that there appeared to be a Mexican stand-off between the DUP and Sinn Fein over who would move first.
The last thing you want is some kind of Mexican stand-off where everybody is waiting for everybody else's next move.
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It was a classic Mexican stand-off. But he had the ticket, and, as far as anybody was in the wrong, I was in the wrong.
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Panmure Gordon oil and gas analyst Peter Hitchens said: "We appear to have a bit of a Mexican stand-off."
Industry analyst Peter Hitchens said: "We appear to have a Mexican stand-off."