dead end

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dead end

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

  2. 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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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