standoff
standoff stand"off n. 1. A situation in a contest in which the winner is undecided; a draw or stalemate.

Syn: draw; tie; stalemate; deadlock [WordNet 1.5]

2. A successful stand.

Syn: repulsion, repelling [WordNet 1.5]

3. Something that serves to keep one object at a distance from another, such as a prop attached to the top of a ladder to keep it from leaning directly against the vertical surface which suports it. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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