dead end

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  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 of dead end

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby dead end

Other definitions for dead-end (2 of 2)

[ ded-end ]

  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.

  1. leading a life in the slums: growing up as a tough dead-end kid.

verb (used without object)
  1. to come to a dead end: The road dead-ends at the lake.

Origin of dead-end

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dead end in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dead end

dead end

  1. another name for cul-de-sac

  2. a situation in which further progress is impossible

  1. dead-end (as modifier): a dead-end street; a dead-end job

  1. (intr) mainly US and Canadian to come to a dead end

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Other Idioms and Phrases with dead end

dead end

A passage that has no exit, as in This street's a dead end, so turn back. [Late 1800s]

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