A situation in which both
parties are too nice
to let themselves win at the other's expense. The opposite of a Mexican standoff
For example, if two Canadians arrive simultaneously at a narrow doorway, each
is likely to stand
aside and invite
the other to cross first, and so on, until they both give up, set up camp for the winter, and offer each
other a beer.
When we were watching the game last
night, my buddy and I got ourselves into a real Canadian standoff over
slice of bacon
pizza. It just ended up going cold.