dead end

dead end

Meaning:

  • a street, corridor, road, pipe etc., that has no exit
  • a position or job with no hope of progress; blind alley
  • the situation or project with no prospects of improvements

Examples:

  1. The interlocutors have reached a dead end in their efforts to discover a peaceful solution to the imbroglio.
  2. In spite of the scientist’s efforts the research leads to a dead end.
  3. This narrow passage dead-ends at the park.
  4. Burger shop is at the border of village on a dead end street.

Usage:

  • a dead end
  • hit a dead end
  • lead to a dead end
  • reach a dead end
  • dead end job

Origin:
1885–90

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