Live Free Or Die!
= L =
livelock /li:v'lok/ n.
A situation in which some critical
stage of a task is unable to finish because its clients perpetually
create more work for it to do after they have been serviced but
before it can clear its queue. Differs from deadlock in that
the process is not blocked or waiting for anything, but has a
virtually infinite amount of work to do and can never catch up.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.