dead end

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

dead end

noun \ˈded-ˈend\

: a street that ends instead of joining with another street so that there is only one way in and out of it

: a situation, plan, or way of doing something that leads to nothing further

Full Definition of DEAD END

1
:  an end (as of a street) without an exit
2
:  a position, situation, or course of action that leads to nothing further

Examples of DEAD END

  1. We came to a dead end and had to turn around.
  2. My career has hit a dead end.

First Known Use of DEAD END

1886

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