stale|mate [ˈsteılmeıt] n [U and C]
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: stale 'stalemate' (15-18 centuries) (from Old French estal; STALE) + mate ( MATE23)]
1.) a situation in which it seems impossible to settle an argument or disagreement, and neither side can get an advantage
an attempt to break the stalemate
The discussions with the miners' union ended in stalemate .
2.) a position in ↑chess in which neither player can win
>stalemate v [T]

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