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A standoff refers to types of social conflict or confrontation, e.g.,

  • Impasse, two sides negotiating an agreement are unable to reach an agreement and become deadlocked
  • Stalemate, a situation in the game of chess where the player whose turn it is to move is not in check but has no legal move
  • Mexican standoff, a confrontation between two or more parties in which neither party can proceed nor retreat without being exposed to danger

Standoff or stand-off may also stand for:

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  • Stand-off half, one of the rugby league positions
  • Stand-off, an alternative name for fly-half, one of the rugby union positions

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