- 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.
Origin of blind alley
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It darted around the blind-alley shelf and was back a moment later.Space Prison
It ends in a blind-alley, less than a twelfth of an inch from the surface of the wood.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
A blind-alley theme, as its name imports, is one from which there is no exit.
The second glaring instance of a blind-alley theme is that of Monna Vanna.
She had him at the end of a blind-alley, and there he must wait until she was ready to let him go.Parrot & Co.
- an alley open at one end only; cul-de-sac
- informal a situation in which no further progress can be made
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]