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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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reach an impasse

To come to a point past which no further progress is able to be made. After three days of negotiations, we reached an impasse when it came to the matter of increased pay for staff. A: "My client is absolutely unwilling to compromise on this issue." B: "Then it looks as though we've reached an impasse."
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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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President Barack Obama and leading lawmakers show only small signs of breaking the fiscal impasse of the world's largest economy, the finance ministers and central bank governors are expected to discuss during their two-day event how to curb the impact on the global economy from Washington's problems, Japanese government officials said.
The legislative impasse undermines US citizen confidence in government, and could be a defining moment for young voters who resent the drama, dysfunction and waste.
Nigel Fisher, the UN special representative in Haiti, told the UN Security Council that the situation in Haiti has been one of "impasse in the political domain." Fisher said the impasse was epitomized by failure to create an electoral commission in 2011, which resulted in no elections held since then.
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However, that agreement looked doomed just hours earlier when Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive officer, announced an "impasse in negotiations" and declared that Airbus was "still learning how to make aeroplanes" without elaborating on the reasons for his anger.
Pretoria, Oct 19 (ANI): Leaders of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) have expressed serious concern over the ongoing impasse in WTO negotiations.
The Philippine government and the country's communist rebels will resume formal talks in October after the Norwegian government, facilitating the negotiations, intervened to resolve a three-month impasse, officials from both sides said Wednesday.
Summary: BEIRUT: Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghanzafar Roknabadi, renewed Sunday his country's support for the ongoing Saudi-Syrian talks to break the impasse over the disputed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
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