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cul-de-sac

noun [C] uk   /ˈkʌl.də.sæk/ us  
a short road that is blocked off at one end a situation that leads nowhere: an intellectual cul-de-sac
Translations of “cul-de-sac”
in Spanish callejón sin salida…
in French cul-de-sac…
in German die Sackgasse…
in Chinese (Traditional) 死胡同,死巷, 困境,死路,僵局…
in Russian тупик…
in Turkish çıkmaz sokak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 死胡同,死巷, 困境,死路,僵局…
in Polish ślepa uliczka…
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