英 [æm'pɑːs; 'æmpɑːs]
- impasse (n.)
- 1851, "blind alley," from French impasse "impassable road, blind alley, impasse," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Middle French passe "a passing," from passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)). Supposedly coined by Voltaire as a euphemism for cul de sac. Figurative use also from 1851.
- 1. The proposal offered both sides a way out of the diplomatic impasse.
- 2. It remained for Mr Parkhill to break through the impasse.
- 3. The government had reached an impasse.
- 4. I see no way out of this impasse.
- 5. Negotiations seemed to have reached an impasse.
[ impasse 造句 ]