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See also zugzwang
Zugzwang m (no plural)
- A situation where somebody is forced to act, but would prefer to remain passive. This is most common when a politician does not want to touch some controversial issue, but his/her political opponents work to create a situation where he/she must act.
- (chess) zugzwang occurs when one player is put at a disadvantage because he/she has to make a move.