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dead-end

[ded-end] /ˈdɛdˈɛnd/
adjective
1.
terminating in a dead end:
a dead-end street.
2.
Also, dead-ended. having no possibility for or hope of progress, advancement, etc.:
a low-level, dead-end job.
3.
leading a life in the slums:
growing up as a tough dead-end kid.
verb (used without object)
4.
to come to a dead end:
The road dead-ends at the lake.
Origin of dead-end
1885-1890
1885-90

dead end

noun
1.
something, as a street or water pipe, that has no exit.
2.
a position that offers no hope of progress; blind alley; cul-de-sac:
His theory led him to a dead end.
Origin
1885-90
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  • Just about the stuffiest, dullest, dead-end in the universe.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • There is very little traffic across the frontier, so that Bridgetown station is a sort of dead-end.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • But to nurse back to health a man who was to be court-martialled and shot, truly that seemed a dead-end occupation.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • Thirty-five years old and working a dead-end job like this—Sammy was thirty-five.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • When he had neared the top he suddenly seemed to reach a dead-end; the stones were smooth above him.

    Warlord of Kor Terry Gene Carr
British Dictionary definitions for dead-end

dead end

noun
1.
another name for cul-de-sac
2.
a situation in which further progress is impossible
3.
dead-end. (as modifier): a dead-end street, a dead-end job
verb
4.
(intransitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to come to a dead end
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dead-end

dead end

n.

"closed end of a passage," 1886, from dead (adj.) + end (n.). Figurative use is attested from 1922. As an adjective, from 1928; as a verb, from 1921. Related: Deadender (by 1996).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with dead-end

dead end

1.
A passage that has no exit, as in This street's a dead end, so turn back. [ Late 1800s ]
2.
An impasse or blind alley, allowing no progress to be made. For example, This job is a dead end; I'll never be able to advance. [ c. 1920 ]
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