lead nowhere

idiom

: to not be helpful in finding a solution to something
The investigation into the murder was leading nowhere.

Examples of lead nowhere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These encounters lead nowhere conclusive, but are nonetheless poignant in their determination. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 28 Apr. 2023 Then, after spending weeks sifting through an array of evidence that seemed to lead nowhere, investigators announced an arrest in late December on the other side of the country: Bryan Kohberger, a Ph.D. student from a nearby university. Mike Baker, New York Times, 10 June 2023 Moreover, the endless talk therapy of psychoanalysis, in which patients explore their feelings about childhood, seemed to lead nowhere — except to years of expensive sessions with a psychiatrist. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 Without clear next steps, petitions can sometimes lead nowhere. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 23 June 2020 Enter Email Sign Up Then, after spending weeks sifting through an array of evidence that seemed to lead nowhere, investigators announced an arrest in late December on the other side of the country: Bryan Kohberger, a doctorate student from a nearby university. Mike Baker, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2023 These encounters lead nowhere conclusive, but are nonetheless poignant in their determination. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 28 Apr. 2023 Yet many advisors shy away from the due diligence process itself, envisioning an exhaustive barrage of calls from recruiters and managers of other firms and meetings that often lead nowhere. Mindy Diamond, Forbes, 15 June 2022 To paraphrase a passage from the Talmud, the long road is the shortest because the short roads lead nowhere. James McKenna, Quartz, 14 Feb. 2023

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“Lead nowhere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20nowhere. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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