In colloquial speech, "limbo" is any status where a person or project is held up,
and nothing can be done until another action happens.
Tower of Babel (detail), by Colin McAllister
"...any labor that accepts the conditions of competition with slave labor accepts the conditions of slave labor, and is essentially slave labor. [...] The answer, of course, is to have a society based on human values other than buying or selling."
——Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics: Or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine