Occurs when two individuals cross paths and each politely suggests that the other may go first.
Man: Oh sorry
Woman: It's ok, go ahead
Man: After you.
Woman: I insist.
Man: Thank you.

A Canadian Standoff.
by adam12121212121212 March 20, 2010
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 the last slice of bacon pizza. It just ended up going cold.
by Tom Megginson October 17, 2005
When you are too nice to someone, and the other person is also too nice, so nothing gets done, because you are both being way too polite
I was in a Canadian standoff with Fred because I held the door for him, but he insisted I go in first, but I insisted he go ahead of me, so we stood their for 10 seconds waiting to see who would go in first...
by Henry Long Richard October 1, 2017
The opposite of a Mexican standoff, when everyone is to fucking nice to take turns in the proper order.
so we are driving the other day and a car pulls up at each side of a 4 way stop and we all just sat there in a Canadian standoff because no one would go first.
by fk from cv February 27, 2015
A gentlemen's duel. Two men have a staring contest completely naked, while masturbating vigorously. First one to blink or ejaculate loses, however if the semen hit's the opponent in the eye resulting in blinking, the ejaculator wins. However if the opponent does not blink after being hit in the eye, they win.
When no other means of reconciliation could be achived between the two parties, a French Canadian Standoff was held to decide the outcome of the argument.
by Red Kayak November 13, 2010
A white hunter travels to the woods and takes aim at a deer and fires. A Indian fires a arrow at a nearby tree catching the hunters attention and said "you are hunting on my land". Then hunter said oh I'm sorry this is your property I will leave it to you until the Indian says I'll tell you what, whoever kicks eatch other in the balls the hardest gets to keep it, he then said "I'll go first" "WHAM!" The hunter groans In pain and said ok my turn. The Indian said "no that's ok you can keep it"
*White hunter* I just shot a deer today until I realized I was hunting on a Indian reservation so I tried to give it back until he fooled me into an Indian canadian standoff "man that hurt!"
by Crimson Renegade V1 December 14, 2017
When two people are trying to go through the same door at the same time
A Canadian standoff is two people going through the same door like,

*Canadian accent* "Please after you." "Oh no, no after you."

"But you've got groceries."
"I know, but it's mostly junk food so please you go."
by Dr. Knockers and bear January 27, 2017