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English definition of “dead end”

dead end

noun [C]
 
 
a situation that is unlikely to be successful or to make any progress: We had several customer leads that all turned out to be dead ends. It's very demoralizing for her; she perceives that her career is at a dead end.reach/hit a dead end Plans to build a new toll road have reached a dead end.
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