dead-end

dead end


Origin:
1885–90

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dead-end

[ded-end]
adjective
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.
3.
leading a life in the slums: growing up as a tough dead-end kid.
verb (used without object)
4.
to come to a dead end: The road dead-ends at the lake.

Origin:
1885–90

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dead end
 
n
1.  another name for cul-de-sac
2.  a situation in which further progress is impossible
3.  dead-end (as modifier): a dead-end street; a dead-end job
 
vb
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (intr) to come to a dead end

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dead end
"closed end of a passage," 1886, from dead + end. Figurative use is attested from 1922. As an adj., from 1928; as a verb, from 1921.
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