stalemate

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stale + mate "checkmate"

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stalemate (plural stalemates)

  1. (chess) The state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves, resulting in a draw.
  2. Any situation that has no obvious possible movement, but does not involve any personal loss.

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stalemate (third-person singular simple present stalemates, present participle stalemating, simple past and past participle stalemated)

  1. (chess, transitive) To bring about a state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To bring about a stalemate, in which no advance in an argument is achieved.
    • 29 February 2012, Aidan Foster-Carter, BBC News North Korea: The denuclearisation dance resumes[1]
      The North Korean nuclear issue, stalemated for the past three years, is now back in play again - not before time.

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