im·passe /ˈɪmˌpæs, ɪmˈ/
Im·passe n. 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. --Arnold White.
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, stalemate,
2: a street with only one way in or out [syn: blind alley, cul
de sac, dead-end street]