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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
1575-1585
1575-85
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British Dictionary definitions for blind-alley

blind alley

noun
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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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 ]
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