Dead-end meaning

A situation or subject that allows for no progress or development.
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An end of a passage, especially a street, that affords no exit.
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A street or road affording no exit.
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Having no exit except for going back the way one came.
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Permitting no opportunity for progress or advancement.

A dead-end job.

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Tough and rowdy.

A dead-end gang.

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To terminate with no exit.

The road dead-ends at the lake.

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An end of a street, alley, etc. that has no regular exit.
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A situation from which there seems no way to escape, move forward, etc.; an impasse.
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Having only one exit or outlet.

A dead-end street.

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Giving no opportunity for progress or advancement.

A dead-end job.

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Of or characteristic of slums or slum life.
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To terminate in a dead end.
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To reach or come to a dead end.

To dead-end in a middle management position.

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(idiomatic) A path or strategy that goes nowhere or is blocked on one end.

That road comes to a dead end at the lake.

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A dead-end street.

A dead-end job.

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(US) To come to a dead-end.

Watch out! The road dead-ends in 200 yards and there's nowhere to turn around!

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The end of a road, (by extension), the end of any event.

We turned into the street and realised it was a dead-end.

Mary realised her relationship with Jim had hit a dead-end.

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