blind alley

noun

Definition of blind alley

: a fruitless or mistaken course or direction

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The central issue explored by director Laura Brownson —and the one that probably got her started up this sociological blind alley—is about self-definition and identity politics. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Rachel Divide’ Review: Racial Profiling," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of blind alley

1860, in the meaning defined above

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blind alley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blind alley

: a narrow path between two buildings that can only be entered at one end

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