Imagine this situation: you and your best friend have just come to blows, both are holding each other by the collar and waiting for the other person to land the first blow. Well, the situation is a deadlock or a stalemate, with noting happening either way.
Such situations are common in everyday life and we seem to encounter them every now and then. Deadlock is a word that is common parlance with respect to politics, with political parties being at loggerheads pretty often.
The dictionary definitions for deadlock are as follows:
1. A standstill resulting from the opposition of two unrelenting forces or factions. (noun)
2. Sports: A tied score. (noun)
The ready reference that you can use to learn this word is a lock. Imagine the one on the kitchen door is locked and the key is lost. And you are extremely hungry. What kind of a situation you are in? You are in a deadlock, or to put it better, you been caught unaware by a DEAD+LOCK!
A few usage examples for deadlock are as follows:
1. The continuing deadlock in the parliament has lead to a situation where in no meaningful work is being done at the cost of the public exchequer.
2. The talks between United Nations and the Iranian government are aimed at solving the deadlock over the Tehran’s nuclear program.