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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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But the impasse remained in place, the board seemed to be at peace and the opener will finally raise the curtains on the 43rd season.
This is the work of the dialectical image: both the goal and the method of a politics of the impasse.
He wrote, "ATVA's use of these impasses as political ammunition should give the ommission pause as pay TV providers use their customers as fodder in their ambitious attempt to pay less for the valuable content they sell for a hefty price to their viewers.
The political impasse has a personal dimension whereby Nawaz Sharif is the Prime Minister and Imran Khan wants to be the prime minister.
In an English-language commentary on Sunday, Liu Chang, a writer with China's official Xinhua News Agency, said the impasse has put many nations' dollar assets "in jeopardy.
The European Union, represented by Austrian Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Hartling in New York, decried the continued political impasse in Haiti.
What's more, both parties explicitly stated they believed they were at an impasse.
As Yemen overcoming gradually its political and security crises, it looks forward to the international community's cooperation to address its economic impasse, a matter that really needs the cooperation of all, Hadi said.
We have cancelled the announcement and we are at an impasse.
The current impasse in the negotiations is therefore a source of serious concern.
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).
Parliament lost 114 hrs because of the impasse over 2G scam
HELSINKI, Oct 20, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkey expects EU to take steps in order to help end the impasse over direct trade with Turkish Cypriot part of the divided island, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
L'auteure illustre ses propos par une vignette clinique qui illustre tres bien le drame que vit le patient durant une impasse.