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 (stănd′ôf′, -ŏf′)
1. A situation in which one force or party neutralizes or counterbalances the other and further action is prevented; a standstill: a standoff between demonstrators and the police.
2. A tie or draw, as in a contest.


1. US and Canadian the act or an instance of standing off or apart
2. a deadlock or stalemate
3. any situation or disposition of forces that counterbalances or neutralizes
4. (Rugby) rugby short for stand-off half
vb (adverb)
5. (Nautical Terms) (intr) to navigate a vessel so as to avoid the shore, an obstruction, etc
6. (tr) to keep or cause to keep at a distance
7. (intr) to reach a deadlock or stalemate
8. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (tr) to dismiss (workers), esp temporarily


or stand′-off`,

1. a tie or draw, as in a game.
2. something that counterbalances.
3. a standing apart; aloofness.
4. aloof; reserved; standoffish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.standoff - the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided; "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"
finish - designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"
dead heat - a tie in a race
stalemate - drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check
2.standoff - the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
stand - a defensive effort; "the army made a final stand at the Rhone"


An equality of scores, votes, or performances in a contest:
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