blind alley

noun

Definition of blind alley

: a fruitless or mistaken course or direction

Recent Examples of blind alley from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blind alley.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of blind alley

1860

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

BLIND ALLEY Defined for English Language Learners

blind alley

Definition of blind alley for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up blind alley? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

resembling the blue of the sky

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet-pasta-spelling-help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!