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    Looking For A Word

    What do you say for a problem or condition which seems impossible to be solved.

    My dic says: deadlock, gordian knot, impasse, tangle...

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    Exclamation Re: Looking For A Word

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    What do you say for a problem or condition which seems impossible to be solved.

    My dic says: deadlock, gordian knot, impasse, tangle...
    The right word is impasse followed by deadlock. Other words those stand for impossility are: stalemate and dead end


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    Re: Looking For A Word

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    What do you say for a problem or condition which seems impossible to be solved.

    My dic says: deadlock, gordian knot, impasse, tangle...
    insolvable, impenetrable, insoluble, indecipherable, unfathomable, inscrutable, unintelligible


    Here's a list from a thesaurus for "insolvable"

    loose, abstruse, ambiguous, brumous, confused, crabbed, dark, dim, enigmatic, enigmatical, hidden, illegible, impenetrable, inapprehensible, incognizable, incommunicable, inconceivable, inconceptible, indefinite, inexplicable, inexpressible, inscrutable, insoluble, insolvable, involved, larvate, latent, latitant, macroscian, metagnostic, misty, muddy, mysterious, mystic, mystical, nebulous, nubilous, obscure, occult, paradoxical, perplexed, puzzlepated, puzzling, recondite, searchless, sphingine, tenebrific, transcendental, turbid, unaccountable, unconceived, undeciphered, undefinable, undetermined, undiscernible, undiscoverable, unexplained, unfathomable, unintelligible, unknowable, vague


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    Re: Looking For A Word

    If you have a problem or condition which seems impossible to solve, you may have or be faced with a/an:

    quandary / conundrum / imbroglio / dilemma / stalemate / can of worms
    predicament / dead end / herculean task / uphill battle / tough nut to crack
    hard row to hoe / daunting task / Catch-22 / no-win situation


    And to top it off, you may be:

    between the devil and the deep blue sea / between a rock and a hard place

    These at least live in the same neighborhood. Hope this helps.

    Greg


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    Re: Looking For A Word

    The right word is impasse followed by deadlock.
    ...and you know this in the absence of any context! Now that's impressive!

    Greg

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    Re: Looking For A Word

    Can we say:

    I have been deadlocked?

    Or any other one which will go well.

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