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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.
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The district magistrate admitted in court that no contact was made with the media to stop coverage of the standoff.
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CENS, recently made available for cell phones, provides alerts to residents in a defined area during an emergency such as a fire, flood, tactical team standoff or other critical situations.
or overnight shift, said the only incident during his time on the job that was close to the intensity of the standoff occurred about six years ago, when there was an armed robbery of a service station-convenience store on Lackey Dam Road.
Anyone looking ahead from when this standoff began, would have glumly expected that sooner or later the two sides would come to savage blows.
Im, 22, who now lives and works in Chicago's West Ridge area, finds herself thrust into the debate about the standoff over nuclear weapons between the United States and North Korea.
But whereas in conventional laser processing the work head is close to the work, with remote laser processing, there is a standoff distance on the order of 16 in.
Shark's gang of wannabes hide in terror and give the advantage to Murray, who senses he is winning this macho standoff.
The Missoula County Sheriff's Department and Missoula Police Department set up a perimeter and opened negotiations with the subject in an attempt to resolve the standoff peacefully.
If you could create a standoff for thirty years or so you have effectively won the game," she adds.
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According to the report, a growing number of European security and defense forces develop and acquire cutting-edge standoff IED, PBIED & VBIED detection equipment.
Available in 19 models, the Class II PSD-based laser triangulation sensor has a long standoff distance and a short resolute measurement, and can be used in high-speed measurement applications where other sensors are ineffective or sacrifice reliability and accuracy.
Today, every air wing has the capability of employing standoff and through-the-weather precision weapons, such as the Stand-off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response, Joint Stand-Off Weapon and Joint Direct Attack Munition.
In the end it is the result that counts; that owners and lenders find a way to preserve their property -- their most valuable asset -- before it is too late and a "win-win" situation becomes a "no-win" standoff.