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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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An equality of scores, votes, or performances in a contest:
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New Delhi [India], August 17 ( ANI ): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, amid the Doklam standoff, will lead the Indian Delegation participating in Seven Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states meeting on Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations that will be held at Choplon Ata in Kyrgyz Republic from 23 to 25 August.
Summary: Beijing [China], August 17 (ANI):China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with India on the Doklam standoff by reportedly setting up blood donation and collection camps in the area.
The Bhutanese sources were responding to a stunning, but unsubstantiated claim made by China's top diplomat, Wang Wenli, that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing through the diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff was not its territory.
Summary: New Delhi [India], August 4 (ANI): Amid the border standoff with China, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Friday said that the Indian government remains committed to ensure the security of its citizens and territory.
Summary: New Delhi [India], August 3 (ANI): Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said in the Rajya Sabha that India has taken efforts to ease the standoff with China.
Summary: Beijing [China], July 25 (ANI): China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused India of sparking off a border standoff by deploying its troops along the along the Doklam region.
Summary: Beijing [China], July 24 (ANI): China on Monday urged India to immediately withdraw their troops from the Doklam Plateau for solving the current border standoff between the two sides.
Summary: Beijing [China], July 19 (ANI): As Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff in Doklam, PLA troops in June has moved "tens of thousands of tonnes" of military equipment, including army vehicles, and troops to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet for military exercise using live ammunition.
in the morning, sparking a standoff between a gunman and police that lasted nearly five hours.
A Chinese survey ship has returned to disputed South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, where vessels from the two countries were involved in a month-long standoff, after appearing to have left it last week, according to ship tracking analysis.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's airspace has been reopened to civil aviation with immediate effect, its aviation authority said on Tuesday, following months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with neighboring India earlier this year.
Sifuna called on ODM legislators in both the National Assembly and the Senate to ensure that the standoff over counties' money is res0lved.