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noun
a road, alley, etc., that is open at only one end.
a position or situation offering no hope of progress or improvement: That line of reasoning will only lead you up another blind alley.
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Origin of blind alley

First recorded in 1575–85
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British Dictionary definitions for blind alley

blind alley

noun
an alley open at one end only; cul-de-sac
informal a situation in which no further progress can be made
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Other Idioms and Phrases with blind alley

blind alley

A dead end; a position without hope of progress or success. For example, That line of questioning led the attorney up yet another blind alley. This term alludes to a street or alley that has no outlet at one end. [Mid-1800s]

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