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dead end

noun [C]
 
 
ROAD a road that is closed at one endRoutes and roads in general
SITUATION a situation in which it is impossible to make progress: The peace talks have reached a dead end.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disastersSituations and circumstances
dead-end
 
 
/ˌdedˈend/ adjective
a dead-end job/relationship a dead-end street
Translations of “dead end”
in Chinese (Traditional) 死路, 困境,絕境…
in Russian тупик…
in Turkish çıkmaz sokak, çıkışı, sonu olmayan bir durum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 死路, 困境,绝境…
in Polish ślepa uliczka…
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