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 for impasse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impasse \Im`passe"\ ([a^]N`p[aum]s"; E. [i^]m*p[.a]s"), n. [F.]
     An impassable road or way; a blind alley; cul-de-sac; fig., a
     position or predicament affording no escape.
           The issue from the present impasse will, in all
           probability, proceed from below, not from above.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a situation in which no progress can be made or no
           advancement is possible; "reached an impasse on the
           negotiations" [syn: deadlock, dead end, impasse,
           stalemate, standstill]
      2: a street with only one way in or out [syn: blind alley,
         cul de sac, dead-end street, impasse]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "impasse":
     bar, barrier, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, blockade,
     blockage, bottleneck, box, cecum, choking, choking off, clog,
     congestion, constipation, corner, costiveness, cul-de-sac,
     dead end, dead-end street, deadlock, dilemma, embolism, embolus,
     extremity, fix, gorge, halt, hole, impediment, infarct, infarction,
     jam, obstacle, obstipation, obstruction, pickle, plight, pocket,
     scrape, sealing off, stalemate, stand, stand-off, standstill, stop,
     stoppage, strangulation

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