- terminating in a dead end: a dead-end street.
- Also dead-end·ed. having no possibility for or hope of progress, advancement, etc.: a low-level, dead-end job.
- leading a life in the slums: growing up as a tough dead-end kid.
- to come to a dead end: The road dead-ends at the lake.
Origin of dead-end
- something, as a street or water pipe, that has no exit.
- 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
Examples from the Web for dead-end
A yellow, ivy-covered house on a dead-end street in Newark, Delaware.How I Write: Julianna Baggott
February 12, 2014
Her father is about to return, and his storyline—long a bit of a dead-end as well—will eventually wrap up, I imagine.‘Still Positive’ Shows Why ‘Homeland’ Hasn’t Jumped the Shark (Yet)
November 4, 2013
What they have done is taken a small neighborhood with dead-end streets and turned it into a medical neighborhood.Malibu Cracks Down on Posh Rehab Facilities
July 1, 2013
And if they have both houses, meaning that the vote in the House would not be certain to hit a Senate dead-end, well, look out.The Coming Attempt to Impeach Obama
May 12, 2013
We type onward with our pulseless characters and dead-end subplots looking for the point of it all.Desperately Seeking Charm: Steven Amsterdam on an Elusive Quality
April 1, 2013
Just about the stuffiest, dullest, dead-end in the universe.Deathworld
He was heading into a dead-end street, but there was an alley leading from it.Pursuit
Lester del Rey
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
There is very little traffic across the frontier, so that Bridgetown station is a sort of dead-end.Meccania
- another name for cul-de-sac
- a situation in which further progress is impossible
- dead-end (as modifier)a dead-end street; a dead-end job
- (intr) mainly US and Canadian to come to a dead end
Word Origin and History for dead-end
Idioms and Phrases with dead-end
A passage that has no exit, as in This street's a dead end, so turn back. [Late 1800s]
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]