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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: come, impasse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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