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Dead Lock


A lock which has no spring catch. Metaphorically, a state of things so entangled that there seems to be no practical solution.        

“Things are at a dead-lock.”—The Times.


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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dead Freight
Dead Hand (A)
Dead Heat
Dead Horse
Dead Languages
Dead Letter
Dead-letter Office (The)
Dead Lift
Dead Lights
Dead Lock
Dead Men
Dead Men’s Shoes
Dead Pan (The)
Dead Reckoning
Dead Ropes
Dead Sea
Dead-Sea Fruit
Dead Set
Dead Shares
Dead Water