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dead end (n.)

"closed end of a passage," 1851 in reference to drainpipes, 1874 in reference to railway lines; by 1886 of streets; from dead (adj.) + end (n.). Figurative use, "course of action that leads nowhere," is by 1914. As an adjective in the figurative sense by 1917; as a verb by 1921. Related: Dead-ended; dead-ending; deadender (by 1996).

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Definitions of dead end

dead end (n.)
a passage with access only at one end;
Synonyms: cul / cul de sac
dead end (n.)
a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible;
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