"Breakdown" or "stand-off"? What is the main difference? I'm having hard times trying to get the slight (personally) difference between these two phrasal nouns: "breakdown" and "stand-off". What is the main difference between them? Which one is the best to be used in the following situation " breakdown/stand-off in strike talks"?
Jul 22, 2014 1:44 PM
Answers · 2
There are very different! A standoff is a challenge of equal powers. Think of two gunfighters in the wild west at high noon. A breakdown means the original plan doesn't work anymore and there is only chaos. Both expressions fit your phrase, but they have very different meanings.
July 22, 2014
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