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stalemate (STAYL-mayt) noun
1. A position where no other pieces can move and king cannot move without going into check.
2. A deadlocked situation.
To bring into a stalemate.
[From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman estale (a fixed position) + -mate.]
"`We can again resort to lobbying in case we fail to avoid a stalemate,' Latief said." Wiranto Elected Chairman of Team to Elect President, The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Oct 28, 1997.
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Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. -Charles Simic