Blind-alley



a road, alley, etc., that is open at only one end.
a position or situation offering no hope of progress or improvement:
That line of reasoning will only lead you up another blind alley.
Historical Examples

The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean Henri Fabre
Boy Labour and Apprenticeship Reginald Arthur Bray
Play-Making William Archer
Boy Labour and Apprenticeship Reginald Arthur Bray
Play-Making William Archer
Vocational Guidance for Girls Marguerite Stockman Dickson
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6 Various
Space Prison Tom Godwin
Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle

noun
an alley open at one end only; cul-de-sac
(informal) a situation in which no further progress can be made
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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