stalemate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word stalemate
STALE(bad) + MATE(lifemate) -> You have got a bad life mate, and now you cannot do anything about it, you are at a standstill, a deadlock.
sounds like CHECKMATE..in chess i.e deadend ,u cant do anything!!
CHECKMATE..and also STALE(dead matter)+MATE = DEADLOCK!
s+tale+mateâ€”if you got lifeMATE with a TALE, you cannot do anything, you are at a STANDSTILL, DEADLOCK
You stole somebody's mate. And when you see him, you are quite embarrassed.