Origin of blind alley
Examples from the Web for blind alley
A blind-alley theme, as its name imports, is one from which there is no exit.Play-Making|William Archer
Of all the “blind-alley” occupations, that of the van-boy appears the most deplorable.
In the middle of this coppice rose an old arbour in the Chinese style; a board fence separated the garden from a blind-alley.The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories|Ivn Turgnieff
In the first place, they are what is known as “blind-alley” occupations—they lead nowhere.
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
British Dictionary definitions for blind alley
Idioms and Phrases with 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]