Blind-alley

blind alley

noun
1.
a road, alley, etc., that is open at only one end.
2.
a position or situation offering no hope of progress or improvement: That line of reasoning will only lead you up another blind alley.

Origin:
1575–85

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blind alley
 
n
1.  an alley open at one end only; cul-de-sac
2.  informal a situation in which no further progress can be made

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