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We reached an impasse in the negotiations.
  a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
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impasse impasses
More rarely, am "impasse" is a street that is blocked or comes to a dead end.
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  • We reached an impasse in the negotiations.
  • The council cannot stand at an impasse.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • It was an impasse; but in order not to waste my time I got down one of the standard works with which the Department had equipped me, and consulted the section on wolves.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "We are at an impasse then," said the man in black.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • The assistant director seems resigned to an impasse and pulls a thick perfect-bound stack of paper from a drawer and begins to read.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I thought after coming to an impasse, we’d successfully moved on to mutual avoidance, but I guess I was wrong.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I jumped to the phone again, only to be met with that impasse which more often than not throughout life seems to stymie people at moments of extreme crisis.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • So we seem to be at an impasse.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The war is at an impasse, spirits are low.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • But the diary notation that most tantalized Dewey was unrelated to the Clutter-Rupp, Methodist-Catholic impasse.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • For the present there was an impasse, and it looked like an impasse of indefinite duration unless we should do something to force the situation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • It took less than five minutes to reach an impasse.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Then they were silent, each quite vividly aware that they had reached an impasse.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • And finally we could perhaps say that Kant succeeded in showing the way out of the impasse that philosophy had reached in the struggle between rationalism and empiricism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Now we’ve a real intellectual impasse.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • So they reached a strange impasse.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It wasn’t hostile, but it was clear they had reached an impasse.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • I sensed the government was anxious to overcome the impasse in the country, that they were now convinced they had to depart from their old positions.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This was the Ashley I loved, away from Lewis’s clinging hands and the wedding plans and the five-year-wide impasse that neither of us could cross.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Tom and Amory and Alec had reached an impasse; never did they seem to have new experiences in common, for Tom and Alec had been as blindly busy with their committees and boards as Amory had been blindly idling, and the things they had for dissection—college, contemporary personality and the like—they had hashed and rehashed for many a frugal conversational meal.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Then, when he’s all through analyzing me—and Buddy, and Seymour, both of whom he’s never met—and when he’s reached some sort of impasse in his mind whether he’s going to be a sort of two-fisted Colette or a sort of short Thomas Wolfe for the rest of the evening, suddenly he pulls out this gorgeous monogrammed attache case from under the table and shoves a new, hour-long script under my arm.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • We seem to have reached an impasse, Mister Schweitzer.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • How we could come back from such an impasse, this huge expanse stretching between us.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • We have not found a way around this impasse.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • So I guess we’re at an impasse.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • For a moment it seemed as though they had come to an impasse, until Lyn Corbray turned from the fire.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • There is an impasse over the establishment of the executive; there is an impasse over decommissioning.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • It appears to be an impasse.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • An impasse, he called it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The impasse over the withdrawal of British troops from the American Northwest and the payment of American debts to British creditors continued.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He attacked immediately and in searing fashion, calling Lord North the "blundering pilot" who had brought the nation to a terrible impasse.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But in one of God’s unforeseen paths, this belatedly broken impasse can point us all to a new common ground, for its very closeness can serve to remind us that we are one people with a shared history and a shared destiny.
    Al Gore  --  Al Gore Concession Speech
  • The dwarves nearly doubled the size of the Varden’s allied forces and would substantially increase the chances of the Varden reaching Uru’baen and Galbatorix if a favorable solution to the impasse with Murtagh and Thorn could be found.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • All along he had felt the terrible IMPASSE in which her own rash act had plunged them all.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Once only, on the occasion of one of these departures, she had accompanied him in a hackney-coach as far as a little blind-alley at the corner of which she read: Impasse de la Planchette.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Regardless," Sato said, her tone biting, "we are again at an impasse, Mr. Langdon.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • AN IMPASSE My eyes opened to a bright, white light.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The white-lettered blue sign on the building fronting the street read IMPASSE, a dead end; there was no other way out.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • There is an impasse over the establishment of the executive; there is an impasse over decommissioning.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • For the present there was an impasse, and it looked like an impasse of indefinite duration unless we should do something to force the situation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Some kind of impasse has developed but I don’t know how to get around it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The impasse now produces its silence.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • DeWeese and the instructor smile and some of the impasse goes away.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There was just a feeling on my part that this was something a little bigger than I wanted to take on without thinking about it, and I turned instead to my usual habit of trying to extract causes and effects to see what was involved that could possibly lead to such an impasse between John’s view of that lovely shim and my own.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • In an effort to break the impasse I loudly cleared my throat and turned my back on the wolf ( for a tenth of a second) to indicate as clearly as possible that I found his continued scrutiny impolite, if not actually offensive.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Then we are at an impasse, for so do I. And I will not relent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I believe it’s called an impasse.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Adams arrived expecting to meet directly with his cabinet to straighten out the impasse on the mission to France, and as miserable as he felt, he was ready to summon them without delay.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • What has permitted this moment is a small crisis—a sign announcing no visitors, the mine closed for repairs, the Professor storming off with a cascade of apologies pouring from his lips, telling them to wait, declaring that his personal acquaintanceship with the superintendent will resolve this impasse.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But what DeWeese and I know and the Sutherlands don’t know is that there was someone, a person who lived here once, who was creatively on fire with a set of ideas no one had ever heard of before, but then something unexplained and wrong happened and DeWeese doesn’t know how or why and neither do I. The reason for the impasse, the bad feeling, is that DeWeese thinks that person is here now.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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