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the phrase "stand-off"

Even though Wall Street investors were prepared for a last-minute deal, Goldberg feels political stand-offs in Washington are likely to make the markets more volatile in the future.
What is "stand-off"?

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    A "stand-off" is some kind of social confrontation, usually a situation where either: 1) both parties are of similar strength and thus the situation has reached a stalemate or 2) one party challenges the other (stronger) party to try and neutralise them.

    Here's a clip of one of the most famous stand-off scenes in cinema to give you an idea (as you will see, they do a lot of "standing around"):

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